Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Social Complexity as a Proximate and Ultimate Factor in Communicative Complexity

A theoretical article co-authored by Robin, this paper presents a new idea called the 'social complexity hypothesis'. Basically, the paper outlines a hypothesis about how 'social complexity' might lead to 'communicative complexity' in a wide variety of species and/or social systems, based on 5 key principles, including: unit size, unit density, member roles, egalitarian structure, and home-range size (i.e. inter-unit density). Social complexity is further discussed as a driver of communicative complexity and a possible causal factor in the origin and evolution of human language.

Here is the link:  

Here is an interesting link also to a video podcast interview Robin did in connection with the article, explaining in broader terms the idea(s) behind the paper:

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