Roots of Human Sociality

  title={Roots of Human Sociality},
  author={Nick J. Enfield and Stephen C. Levinson},
* Introduction: Human Sociality as a New Interdisciplinary Field N.J. Enfield and Stepehn C. Levinson * Part 1: Properties of Human Interaction * On the Human 'Interaction Engine' Stephen C. Levinson * Interaction: The Infrastructure for Social Institutions, the Natural Ecological Niche for Language, and the Arena in which Culture is Enacted Emanuel A. Schegloff * Human Sociality as Mutual Orientation in a Rich Interactive Environment: Multimodal Utterances and Pointing in Aphasia Charles… 

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