The Resource Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language, Robin Dunbar

Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language, Robin Dunbar

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Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language
Title
Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language
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Robin Dunbar
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Apes and monkeys, humanity's closest kin, differ from other animals in the intensity of their social relationships. All their grooming is not so much about hygiene as it is about cementing bonds, making friends, and influencing fellow primates. But for early humans, grooming as a way to social success posed a problem: given their large social groups of 150 or so, our earliest ancestors would have had to spend almost half their time grooming one another - an impossible burden. What Dunbar suggests - and his research, whether in the realm of primatology or in that of gossip, confirms - is that humans developed language to serve the same purpose, but far more efficiently. It seems there is nothing idle about chatter, which holds together a diverse, dynamic group - whether of hunter-gatherers, soldiers, or workmates
  • Anthropologists have long assumed that language developed in relationships among males during activities such as hunting. Dunbar's original and extremely interesting studies suggest otherwise: that language in fact evolved in response to our need to keep up to date with friends and family. We needed conversation to stay in touch, and we still need it in ways that will not be satisfied by teleconferencing, e-mail, or any other communication technology. As Dunbar shows, the impersonal world of cyberspace will not fulfill our primordial need for face-to-face contact
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dunbar, R. I. M.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GN281.4
LC item number
.D85 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Human evolution
  • Social evolution
  • Language and languages
  • Gossip
  • Human behavior
  • Group identity
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Homme
  • Évolution sociale
  • Langage et langues
  • Potins
  • Comportement humain
  • Identité collective
  • Relations humaines
  • Gossip
  • Group identity
  • Human behavior
  • Human evolution
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Language and languages
  • Social evolution
  • Taalgenese
  • Gedrag
  • Communicatie
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Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language, Robin Dunbar
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 208-218) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Talking heads -- Into the social whirl -- The importance of being earnest -- Of brains and groups and evolution -- The ghost in the machine -- Up through the mists of time -- First words -- Babel's legacy -- The little rituals of life -- The scars of evolution
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
230 pages
Isbn
9780674363366
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
96015934
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34576781
  • (OCoLC)ocm34576781
Label
Grooming, gossip, and the evolution of language, Robin Dunbar
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 208-218) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Talking heads -- Into the social whirl -- The importance of being earnest -- Of brains and groups and evolution -- The ghost in the machine -- Up through the mists of time -- First words -- Babel's legacy -- The little rituals of life -- The scars of evolution
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
230 pages
Isbn
9780674363366
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
96015934
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34576781
  • (OCoLC)ocm34576781

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