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Gossip and the social origins of language  

Robin I. M. Dunbar

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
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 ... More

Self‐organization and language evolution  

Bart de Boer

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
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 ... More

Social conditions for the evolutionary emergence of language  

Chris Knight and Camilla Power

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
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. ... More

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