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

  • Mikkel Wallentin (a1) and Chris D. Frith (a1) (a2)

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.

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