How I Learned the Language of Monkeys
Richard L Garner New Review
Zoology, Sound, Zoological Gardens, Evolution, Descent, Human Species, Comparative Philology
Describes Garner's attempts to use a phonograph to 'learn the monkey tongue very much in the same way men learn the language of a strange race of mankind'. Garner's article argues that the reasoning of monkeys 'differs from that of man in degree, but not in kind', and 'if it be true that man cannot think without words, it must be true of monkeys'. It concludes, 'If the races of mankind may be the progeny of the Simian stock, may not their languages be the progeny of the simian tongue?'.
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