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An evolutionary approach to low-level conversational cooperation

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dc.contributor.author Wacewicz, Sławomir
dc.contributor.author Żywiczyński, Przemysław
dc.contributor.author Chiera, Alessandra
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-30T08:53:16Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-30T08:53:16Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Language Sciences
dc.identifier.other DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2017.01.005
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/4026
dc.description Preprint. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0 [DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2017.01.005]
dc.description.abstract The cooperative character of language is an empirical fact and one of the key tenets in linguistics. However, this cooperative character is what makes it evolutionarily suspect: under normal circumstances sharing honest information with biologically unrelated individuals and without any obvious costs is not an ESS (evolutionarily stable strategy) and is not expected to evolve. Here we approach this problem in the context of prototypical language use (also evolutionarily), that is face-to-face conversation, a multimodal interaction unfolding in real time that involves a complex interplay between embodied agents in spatial proximity. We focus our review on low-level coordinative processes – examples being proxemic alignment or postural mirroring – to a large degree continuous with what is found in non-human primates. We aim at categorisation and terminological clarification of these processes, which in turn helps us evaluate their role in initiating and maintaining cooperatively oriented communicative interaction. We conclude with suggesting ways in which such low-level coordinative processes might have formed an evolutionary basis for cooperation, with focus on the possible role of TFT (tit-for-tat) and TFT-like strategies.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported by grant UMO-2012/07/E/HS2/00671 from the Polish National Science Centre
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Poland
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/pl/
dc.subject language origins
dc.subject language evolution
dc.subject cooperation
dc.subject coordination
dc.subject conversation
dc.subject synchrony
dc.subject mimicry
dc.subject honest signalling
dc.title An evolutionary approach to low-level conversational cooperation
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/preprint


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