Language origins: Fitness consequences, platform of trust, cooperation, and turn-taking

  title={Language origins: Fitness consequences, platform of trust, cooperation, and turn-taking},
  author={Sławomir Wacewicz and Przemysław Żywiczyński},
  journal={Interaction Studies},
Abstract In this paper, we complement proximate or ‘how’ explanations for the origins of language, broadening our perspective to include fitness-consequences explanations, i.e. ultimate, or ‘why’ explanations. We identify the platform of trust as a fundamental prerequisite for the development of a language-like system of symbolic communication. The platform of trust is a social niche in which cheap but honest communication with non-kin is possible, because messages tend to be trusted as a… Expand
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