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Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language

Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language

ISBN 9780571173976
Publisher Faber & Faber
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Arguing that gossiping is vital to a society, and that there is no such thing as "idle" gossip, this book disputes the assumption that language developed in male-male relationships. The author believes that, on the contrary, language evolved among women, and contends that, although men are just as likely to natter as women, women gossip more about other people, thus strengthening the female-female relationships that underpin society.

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