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The Alex Studies

Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots

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$36.00 • £28.95 • €32.50

ISBN 9780674008069

Publication Date: 04/30/2002

Academic Trade

448 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

9 halftones, 12 line cuts, 44 tables

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  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction: In Search of King Solomon’s Ring
  • 2. Can We Really Communicate with a Bird?
  • 3. Can a Parrot Learn Referential Use of English Speech?
  • 4. Does a Parrot Have Categorical Concepts?
  • 5. Can a Parrot Learn the Concept of Same/Different?
  • 6. Can a Parrot Respond to the Absence of Information?
  • 7. To What Extent Can a Parrot Understand and Use Numerical Concepts?
  • 8. How Can We Be Sure That Alex Understands the Labels in His Repertoire?
  • 9. Can a Parrot Understand Relative Concepts?
  • 10. What Is the Extent of a Parrot’s Concept of Object Permanence?
  • 11. Can Any Part of a Parrot’s Vocal Behavior Be Classified as "Intentional"?
  • 12. Can a Parrot’s Sound Play Assist Its Learning?
  • 13. Can a Parrot’s Sound Play Be Transformed into Meaningful Vocalizations?
  • 14. What Input Is Needed to Teach a Parrot a Human-based Communication Code?
  • 15. How Similar to Human Speech Is That Produced by a Parrot?
  • 16. How Does a Grey Parrot Produce Human Speech Sounds?
  • 17. Conclusion: What Are the Implications of Alex’s Data?
  • Notes
  • References
  • Glossary
  • Credits
  • Index

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