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Gossip and the social origins of language

Robin I. M. Dunbar.

in The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

November 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Language Evolution; Sociolinguistics. 1257 words.

The social hypothesis for language origins is based on the claim that primates use social grooming to bond social groups, and the time available for grooming has an upper limit due to the...

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Self‐organization and language evolution

Bart de Boer.

in The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

November 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Language Evolution; Sociolinguistics. 3595 words.

This article focuses on the two different levels that are used to define language. One of the levels is the individual level, where detailed individual behavior is studied and the other is...

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Social conditions for the evolutionary emergence of language

Chris Knight and Camilla Power.

in The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

November 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Language Evolution; Sociolinguistics. 1481 words.

This article examines the social conditions for the evolutionary emergence of language. Human psychology evolved in adaptation to a particular way of life, based on hunting and gathering....

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