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date: 18 January 2020

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This chapter argues that we can think about language in terms of communicative interaction as a psychologically significant act that was part of the basic force shaping the evolution of the brain, rather than think about language simply as a signal for transmitting information. By this construal, the listener’s goal may not be to interpret the linguistic message but to interact with the interlocutor in a way that satisfies specific social goals and motives. This would suggest that communicative behavior—broadly construed—should be affected by a conversational partner’s behavior, even beyond the simple process of interpretation.

Keywords: language, neurons, neural mechanism, speech perception, communication

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