An evolutionary approach to low-level conversational cooperation

  title={An evolutionary approach to low-level conversational cooperation},
  author={Sławomir Wacewicz and Przemysław Żywiczyński and A. Chiera},
  journal={Language Sciences},
Abstract The cooperative character of language is an empirical fact and one of the key tenets in linguistics. However, this cooperative character is what makes it evolutionarily suspect: under normal circumstances sharing honest information with biologically unrelated individuals and without any obvious costs is not an ESS (evolutionarily stable strategy) and is not expected to evolve. Here we approach this problem in the context of prototypical language use (also evolutionarily), that is face… Expand
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