• Short Summary

    Researchers in the United States are teaching chimpanzees the sign language used by deaf people.

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  • Description

    1.
    GVs Chimps in park as man rows boat past (3 shots)
    0.06

    2.
    SVs Chimps playing in park (2 shots)
    0.14

    3.
    SCU Chimp and keeper using sign-language to each other (3 shots)
    0.27

    4.
    CU Chimp
    0.29

    5.
    SV Researcher speaking
    0.46

    6.
    Researcher and chimp in cage (3 shots)
    1.09


    TRANSCRIPT:



    "This animal study complex near the University of Oklahoma is where chimpanzees are being taught to communicate with the same sign language used by deaf persons. Recent studies have shown apes, especially chimps, not only can learn a symbol language but show an innate sense of grammar. Whether untrained animals enjoy true languages or not, they obviously communicate by means of gestures and sounds, and they can learn to recognise spoken words and relate them to the appropriate symbols. Their learning process is based on mutual respect."



    "We respect them for the higher primates they are. So when they are young you treat them like human children because they are very close to us. You know they get to a conscious age of eleven, twelve, which is young adult, and you treat them like a young adult. You don't push them around or discipline them as you would a young child."



    "The chimps now are learning sign language as a human would pick up a foreign language, but researchers hope eventually to teach baby chimps as a primary means of communication, even with one another. The experiments not only are hoping man to understand the origin of his language but promising to reveal some courses for human learning disabilities. This is Charles Amundson."




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    Editor's Note: This film is serviced with an English commentary by TVN reporter Charles Amundson and includes comments in English by a researcher.
    REPORTER: CHARLES AMUNDSON

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Researchers in the United States are teaching chimpanzees the sign language used by deaf people.

    Recent studies showed that apes, especially chimpanzees, not only can learn symbol language but show an innate sense of grammar. To them, learning sign language is like a human learning a foreign language.

    Researchers hope eventually to teach baby chimps sign language as a primary means of communicating with one another.

    A researcher said the chimps' learning process was based on mutual respect and that they should be treated like human children.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADDVKFOFZEH0SI2DOSV5CVOWHB
    Media URN:
    VLVADDVKFOFZEH0SI2DOSV5CVOWHB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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