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Applying the cultural ratchet to a social artefact: The cumulative cultural evolution of a language game

Fay, Nicolas; Ellison, T. Mark; Tylen, Kristian; Fusaroli, Riccardo; Walker, Bradley; Garrod, Simon


Material artefacts evolve by cumulative cultural evolution (CCE), the accumulation of adaptive modifications over time. We present a large-scale experiment investigating the CCE of a social artefact in transmission chains, each containing 8 adult human participants (N = 408). The social artefact is what Wittgenstein calls a 'language game', the subset of language used to perform a particular activity; in the present study the language game is to communicate a route on a map. Two social learning...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Evolution and Human Behavior
DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.02.002
Access Rights: Open Access


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