In a post on language evolution, Hugo lamented the fact that pragmatics and social cognition were not taken into account by students of the field. They usually focus their attention on evolutionary models of conventions among agents lacking theory of mind, that is to say the ability to think about what others are trying to communicate. They treat human communication as (non-human) animal communication (Vervet monkeys or bees for example). In a recent experiment, Galantucci adds to the growing evidence that adults (and children) are able to create and negotiate complex communication systems from scratch and relatively quickly, without a blind selective process.

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