Social Perspective on Language // Sep 19, 01:11 PM

Until relatively recently, it had been thought that language had evolved in order to facilitate an exchange of information—about the location of predators or prey, for instance—or as a secondary consequence related to our development of tools. But the social perspective on language suggests that it evolved as a means of maintaining group cohesion. [...] A strong indicator of this fact is that most conversation is light on intellectual content, and it certainly is not focused on complex ideas about the environment we inhabit or even about culture or economics.

From Connected by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler


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