Can Chimpanzees Speak?
The Chimpanzee is considered to be the most intelligent of all animals besides man. Scientists have done many experiments on them and shown that trained chimps can be taught to use a form of silent language to ‘talk’ to their trainers.
First, they learn symbols for some simple words. These symbols are made on tokens. For example, a chimp can learn that by handing a token marked with a circle he would receive a banana. Similarly, many other simple words can be represented with the help of marks on tokens. And before long, a chimp can construct his own “sentences” by placing a group of tokens in a certain order. These sentences too are simple saying things like “I want a banana now.”
Some chimps were even taught to operate a vending machine. They could place certain tokens in slots which would produce different fruits accordingly. The chimps soon began to hoard their tokens and even fought themselves over the tokens!