Share Nim Chimpsky was a chimpanzee who was taught sign language and raised as if he was a human as part of an experiment to see if a chimpanzee could be taught to communicate with humans. Chimpsky's name was a play on the name of professor Noam Chomsky, who believed that only humans were able to communicate with each other- the goal of the experiment was to prove Chomsky wrong. In the late s, when Chimpsky lived on the Delafield Mansion at the campus of Columbia University, Herbert Terrace, the founder of the Nim project, allowed the Children's Television Workshop to film a number of inserts for Sesame Street featuring Chimpsky. Chimpsky was frightened at first by the lights and cameras, but eventually went about his usual business for the cameras.
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February See also: Terrace and his colleagues aimed to use more thorough experimental techniques, and the intellectual discipline of the experimental analysis of behaviorso that the linguistic abilities of the apes could be put on a more secure footing.
Project Nim, headed by behavioral psychologist Herbert Terrace at Columbia University, was conceived in the early s as a challenge to Chomsky's thesis that only humans have language.
However, the results, according to Fouts, were not as impressive as had been reported from the Washoe project.
Terrace, however, was skeptical of Project Washoe and, according to the critics, went to great lengths to discredit it. While Nim did learn signs, Terrace concluded that he had not acquired anything the researchers were prepared to designate worthy of the name "language" as defined by Noam Chomsky although he had learned to repeat his trainers' signs in appropriate contexts.
For example, "man bites dog" and "dog bites man" use the same set of words but because of their ordering will be understood by speakers of English as denoting very different meanings. One of Terrace's colleagues, Laura-Ann Petittoestimated that with more standard criteria, Nim's true vocabulary count was closer to 25 than However, other students who cared for Nim longer than Petitto disagreed with her and with the way that Terrace conducted his experiment.
Critics assert that Terrace used his analysis to destroy the movement of ape-language research.
Terrace argued that none of the chimps were using language, because they could learn signs but could not form them syntactically as language. Terrace and his colleagues concluded that the chimpanzee did not show any meaningful sequential behavior that rivaled human grammar. Nim's use of language was strictly pragmatic, as a means of obtaining an outcome, unlike a human child's, which can serve to generate or express meanings, thoughts or ideas.
There was nothing Nim could be taught that could not equally well be taught to a pigeon using the principles of operant conditioning.
The researchers therefore questioned claims made on behalf of Washoe, and argued that the apparently impressive results may have amounted to nothing more than a " Clever Hans " effect, not to mention a relatively informal experimental approach.
Critics of primate linguistic studies include Thomas SebeokAmerican semiotician and investigator of nonhuman communication systems, who wrote: In my opinion, the alleged language experiments with apes divide into three groups: The largest class by far is the middle one.
Some evolutionary psychologists, in effect agreeing with Chomsky, argue that the apparent impossibility of teaching language to animals is indicative that the ability to use language is an innately human development.
The Gardners argued that Terrace's approach to training, and the use of many different assistants, did not harness the chimpanzee's full cognitive and linguistic resources.
Roger Foutsof the Washoe Project, also claims that Project Nim was poorly conducted because it did not use strong enough methodology to avoid such comparisons and efficiently defend against them. Fouts argues, based on his own experiments, that pure conditioning can lead to the use of language as a method mainly of getting rewards rather than of raising communication abilities.
Fouts later reported, however, that a community of ASL-speaking chimpanzees including Washoe herself was spontaneously using this language as a part of their internal communication system. They have even directly taught ASL signs to their children Loulis without human help or intervention.
This means not only that can they use the language but that it has become a significant part of their lives. The definitions of both " language " and "imitation", and the question of how language-like Nim's performance was, remain controversial.
Retirement and death[ edit ] When Terrace ended the experiment, Nim was transferred back to the Institute for Primate Studies in Oklahomawhere he struggled to adapt after being trained to live as a human child[ clarification needed ] for the first decade of his life.
When Terrace made his one and only visit to see Nim after a year at the Institute of Primate Studies, Nim sprung to Terrace immediately after seeing him, visibly shaking with excitement.
Nim also showed the progress he had made during Project Nim, as he immediately began conversing in sign language with Terrace. Nim retreated back to a depressed state after Terrace left, never to return to see Nim again. Nim developed friendships with several of the workers at the Institute of Primate Studies, and learned a few more signs, including a sign named "stone smoke time now" which indicated that Nim wanted to smoke marijuana.
Nim's time here was mostly spent receiving injections after being heavily sedated. While Nim's quality of life improved at the Black Beauty Ranch, Nim lived primarily in isolation inside a pen.
He began to show hostility that included throwing TVs and killing a dog. Nim continued to show signs of the sign language he learned decades ago whenever a former trainer at the Institute for Primate Studies went to visit him.
Nim died on 10 March at the age of 26, from a heart attack. The story of Nim and other language-learning animals is told in Eugene Linden 's book Silent Partners: The Legacy of the Ape Language Experiments.Below is a list of project ideas for GSoC These projects require familiarity with the Nim programming language so it is absolutely essential that you become familiar with Nim ahead of time.
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