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2600SIGNS OF THE APES, SONGS OF THE WHALESSIGNS OF THE APES, SONGS OF THE WHALES1983color58 minvhs (Nova series) NOVA re-visits Washoe and examines some of the most recent language experiments being done. Today Washoe lives with an entire family of signing chimps and scientists are watching as one baby chimp learns to sign from the others. At the University of Hawaii, two dolphins are being taught to comprehend the rudiments of grammar. And in California, the controversial John Lilly is teaching dolphins to mimic--and perhaps one day reply to--the computerized human voice. After years of trying to teach human language to animals, some scientists are beginning to study the ways animals communicate among themselves in the wild.