noun. a language composed of geometric shapes which has been taught to non-human primates in analyses of language learning and usage. There has been some controversy about whether animals trained with Yerkish demonstrate authentic language capacity.
What is YERKISH?
Written by Pam MS, NCSP | Fact checked by Psychology Dictionary staff
YERKISH: "Yerkish is an artificial language developed to test within primates. "
About the Psychology Dictionary
Psychology Dictionary is the most comprehensive source of psychology definitions online with over 20K definitions written by our global team of psychiatrist & psychology professionals. ...more