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Language is shaped for social interactions, as well as by the brain

Wallentin, M; Frith, CD; (2008) Language is shaped for social interactions, as well as by the brain. BEHAV BRAIN SCI , 31 (5) 536 - 537. 10.1017/S0140525X0800527X. Green open access

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Abstract

Language learning is not primarily driven by a motivation to describe invariant features of the world, but rather by a strong force to be a part of the social group, which by definition is not invariant. It is not sufficient for language to be fit for the speaker's perceptual motor system. It must also be fit for social interactions.

Type: Article
Title: Language is shaped for social interactions, as well as by the brain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X0800527X
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X0800527X
Language: English
Additional information: © 2008 Cambridge University Press
Keywords: REPRESENTATION, CORTEX, MEMORY
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/70354
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