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Nim Chimpsky (was: implicational and factive verbs)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Thursday, January 25, 2001, 17:38
Dan Sulani wrote on Nim Chimpsky:

> I don't know whether > the researcher who gave the chimp the name was pro-generative > grammar with a sense of humor or anti-generative grammar with > a grudge. (I seem to recall, though, that it was the former.)
Neither specifically. The object of the research was to confirm or reject Chomsky's hypothesis that language is part of the species-specific behavior of human beings. (Most other linguists think the same, I hasten to add.) Terrace expected to confirm it, and that's what he got, but if Chimpsky could do a Chomsky, Chomsky would be wrong. BTW, Terrace may not have been emotionally involved with Nim, but Laura Ann Petitto sure was: see her informal obituary of him (NC died 2000-03-11) at -- There is / one art || John Cowan <jcowan@...> no more / no less || to do / all things || with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein