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dc.contributor.authorLaland, Kevin N.
dc.identifier.citationLaland , K N 2017 , ' The origins of language in teaching ' , Psychonomic Bulletin & Review , vol. 24 , no. 1 , pp. 225-231 .
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dc.descriptionResearch supported in part by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.en
dc.description.abstractI introduce seven criteria for determining the validity of competing theories for the original function of language. I go on to present a novel explanation that meets all the criteria: language originally evolved to teach kin. I suggest that the use of symbols subsequently generated evolutionary feedback at two levels, in the form of self-modified selection pressures that favored structures in the mind that functioned to manipulate and use symbols with efficiency, and cultural selection on languages for learnability.
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dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.subjectExperimental and Cognitive Psychologyen
dc.subjectArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)en
dc.subjectDevelopmental and Educational Psychologyen
dc.titleThe origins of language in teachingen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Biological Diversityen
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