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Look who's talking: developmental trends in the size of conversational cliques

Abstract:

Work on adult humans has revealed a limit on the size of freely forming conversational groups that has been attributed to the mechanical constraints on human speech production. However, it is also possible that cognitive constraints limit the number of individuals with which it is possible to interact. Data from South African and British children were used to test this hypothesis. A significant developmental trend in both clique and group sizes was found, which mapped onto the developmental t...

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de Sousa Pereira, LF More by this author
Hawker-Bond, D More by this author
Stiller, J More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
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Journal:
Evolution and Human Behavior
Volume:
28
Issue:
1
Pages:
66-74
Publication date:
2007-01-05
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ISSN:
1090-5138
URN:
uuid:bc424fbe-aade-4a72-9eec-f144dc13f959
Source identifiers:
286080
Local pid:
pubs:286080

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