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1891:291). EXORCISING HANS'S SPIRIT From the outset, responsible experimenters with anthropoid apes have been wary of the devastating effects of' 'illicit communication in the laboratory," as Pilisuk and his collaborators (Pilisuk, Brandes, & Van der Hove 1976) refer to sub rosa semiosic activities rampant in research establishments generally. , Goldenson 1973:262-279; for an analytic account, see Sebeok QUESTIONING APES 29 1979c, Chap. 4,this volume). One of the earliest discussions of the possibility ofthe Clever Hans effect in the ape "language" projects (Ploog & Melnechuk 1971:631634) suffers from a number of fatal defects.
Q. " A. "Linn"; Q. " A. "Shoes you"; Q. " A. " For one reason or another, investigators appear to find it difficult to avoid the use of tests in which the animal subject can rely upon nonlinguistic strategies to accomplish a task in a way which is considered correct. Take, for example, Fouts and Rigby's description (this volume:277) of their testing of comprehension of sign sequences by a chimpanzee named Ally. " Next, new objects were put in the box and a new place to put them added. "With five items to choose from and three places to put them, chance would produce one correct response in fifteen trials," they claim.
We were told-with undeniable accuracy-by an investigator with medical credentials: "The dolphins may learn English (or Russian) or they may not. " (Lilly 1978: 188). ciated by examining communication with the apes. The human and the dolphin share the capability of communication by means of sounds. The chimpanzee and the gorilla cannot do this with any degree of complexity whatsoever. (ibid. :78) The fact is that marine mammals have never been proven to possess the rudiments oflanguage (cf. " This is not surprising, for the outcome of even the best designed experiment has shown that "dolphin social behavior is much more akin to the example of elephant seal social behavior than it is to human linguistic behavior" (Evans & Bastian 1969:433; cf.