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Article concerns Professor R. L. Garner's goal of bringing about language communication between man and monkeys. Garner tells of making phonograph records of monkey sounds at the Chicago and Cincinnati zoos for his use in constructing a vocabulary of monkey language, and provides a view of evolutionary background to explain his belief that the study of lower animals' languages would be a popular field of work in the future.


Garner, Richard Lynch


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St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Newspaper)

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November 22, 1890


  • Science
  • Primates
  • Language and languages
  • Monkeys
  • Experiments
  • Phonograph
  • Science--Experiments

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