of the methods in which researchers at Great Ape Trust will
communicate with bonobos is through the use of lexigram boards.
or symbol, represents a word. However, the symbols are not necessarily
characteristic of the word they represent.
Researchers and bonobos communicate with three lexigram panels
containing 384 symbols and words. The development of computer-monitored
lexigram keyboards was a key component to studies conducted
at the Language Research Center at Georgia State University
in Atlanta. Similar keyboards have helped children and adults
with language deficits. See the lexigram boards by clicking
on the samples below.
Each of the lexigrams below have a specific
meaning. Click on any of the links to see how researchers
and bonobos use these symbols to communicate with one
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