Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Koko Searches for the Right Word

Koko Searches for the Right Word
Koko Searches for the Right Word (2016)


Famously, Koko felt quite sad in 1984 when her adopted kitten Ball was hit by a car and died. How do we know? Here is nonhuman primate grief mediated through language: In historical footage in the film, Patterson is seen asking Koko, "What happened to Ball?" In reply, Koko utters these signs in sequence: cat, cry, have-sorry, Koko-love. And then, after a pause, two more signs: unattention, visit me.
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