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Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — Arts and Humanities.

Many sociological and anthropological definitions exist, but most tend to privilege some combination of small-scale, relative boundedness, strong affective ties, traditionalism, and...

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Pidgins, creoles, and the creation of language

Paul T. Roberge.

in The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

November 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Language Evolution. 3331 words.

The properties of modern instances of language creation offer significant details on several aspects of language evolution. A pidgin is the linguistic creation of a new contact community...

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The evolutionary relevance of more and less complex forms of language

Andrew Carstairs‐McCarthy.

in The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

November 2011; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Language Evolution. 3645 words.

This article deals with the evolution of natural languages and examines artificial or imaginary languages that supply material for evolutionary-linguistic thought-experiments. The term...

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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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