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Signs of the Apes, Songs of the Whales
The haunting song of the humpback whale and the rich clatter of wild apes both seem full of meaning. But can animals use language - or is man unique in this respect? This film looks at the attempt of a number of scientists to teach other species-including chimpanzees, gorillas, dolphins and even parrots - to communicate with humans and each other using special signs and symbols. Fierce controversy surrounds this work, but it now seems that the 'language' produced by animals in these artificial experiments is less sophisticated than we once thought.
In the wild, however, a different story is emerging. Recent evidence shows that the alarm calls ofvervet monkeys carry a precise meaning; and we are at last beginning to understand the complex song of the humpback whale. Narrator Paul Vaughan
Produced for WGBH BOSTON by LINDA HARRAR Adapted for BBCtv by MAX WHITBY


Narrator: Paul Vaughan

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