GROOMING, GOSSIP AND THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE

GROOMING, GOSSIP AND THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE

By: Dunbar, Robin

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Did mankind evolve unusually large brains simply in order to gossip? Primat es differ from other animals by the intensity of their social relationships , by the amount of time they spend grooming one another. Not just a matter of hygiene, grooming is all about cementing bonds, making friends and influ encing your fellow ape. Early humans, in their characteristic large groups of 150 or so, would have had to spend almost half their time in mutual groo ming. Instead, Professor Robin Dunbar argues, they evolved a more efficient mechanism: language. It seems there is nothing idle about idle chatter. Ha ving a good gossip ensures that a dynamic group - of hunter-gatherers, sold iers, workmates - remains cohesive. Men and women 'gossip' equally, but men tend to talk about themselves, while women talk more about other people, w orking to strengthen the female-female relationships that underpin both hum an and primate societies. Until now, most anthropologists have assumed that language developed in male-male relationships, during activities such as h unting. Dunbar's intriguing research suggests that, to the contrary, langua ge evolved among women.

Title: GROOMING, GOSSIP AND THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE

Author Name: Dunbar, Robin

Categories: Linguistics,

Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction: 2011

ISBN Number: 0571173977

ISBN Number 13: 9780571173976

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000030658