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Language, Altruism and Docility: How Cultural Learning Can Favour Language Evolution

  title={Language, Altruism and Docility: How Cultural Learning Can Favour Language Evolution},
  author={Marco Mirolli and Domenico Parisi},
Human language serves a number of different functions, one of the most prominent being communicating about relevant features of the environment. From the point of view of the speaker, if the communicated information is advantageous for the hearer but not for the speaker, this is an altruistic use of language, and, as such, it requires an explanation of its evolution. Simon 1990 proposed an explanation of altruism in humans based on the genetically inherited ‘docility’ of our species. In this… 

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