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Bechtel, William P. (1993). Decomposing intentionality: Perspectives on intentionality drawn from language research with two species of chimpanzees. Biology and Philosophy 8 (1):1-32.   (Cited by 7 | Google | More links)
Abstract:   In philosophy the term intentionality refers to the feature possessed by mental states of beingabout things others than themselves. A serious question has been how to explain the intentionality of mental states. This paper starts with linguistic representations, and explores how an organism might use linguistic symbols to represent other things. Two research projects of Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, one explicity teaching twopan troglodytes to use lexigrams intentionally, and the other exploring the ability of several members ofpan paniscus to learn lexigram use and comprehension of English speech spontaneously when raised in an appropriate environment, are examined to explore the acquisition process. Although it is controversial whether intentionality of mental states or linguistic symbols is primary, it is argued that the intentionality of linguistic symbols is primary and that studying how organisms learn to use linguistic symbols provides an avenue to understanding how intentionality is acquired by cognitive systems
Gauker, Christopher (1990). How to learn language like a chimpanzee. Philosophical Psychology 4 (1):139-46.   (Cited by 12 | Google)
Gross, Steven (2010). Origins of human communication - by Michael Tomasello. Mind and Language 25 (2):237-246.   (Google)
Lloyd, Elisabeth A. (2004). Kanzi, evolution, and language. Biology and Philosophy 19 (4):577-88.   (Cited by 2 | Google | More links)
Premack, David (1986). Gavagai! Or the Future History of the Animal Language Controversy. MIT Press.   (Cited by 88 | Google)
Savage-Rumbaugh, Sue & Brakke, K. E. (1996). Animal language: Methodological and interpretative issues. In Colin Allen & D. Jamison (eds.), Readings in Animal Cognition. MIT Press.   (Cited by 7 | Google)
Savage-Rumbaugh, E. S.; Rumbaugh, Duane M. & Boysen, Sarah T. (1980). Do apes use language? American Scientist 68:49-61.   (Cited by 18 | Google)
Sebeok, Thomas A. & Umiker-Sebeok, J. (1980). Speaking of Apes: A Critical Anthology of Two-Way Communication with Man. Plenum Press.   (Cited by 25 | Google)
Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, E.; Rumbaugh, Duane M. & Fields, William M. (2006). Language as a window on rationality. In Susan L. Hurley & Matthew Nudds (eds.), Rational Animals? Oxford University Press.   (Google)