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Emergence of language

Our social behaviour has evolved primarily through contact with a limited number of other individuals. Yet as a species we exhibit uniformities on a global scale. This kind of emergent behaviour is familiar territory for statistical physicists.

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Loreto, V., Steels, L. Emergence of language. Nature Phys 3, 758–760 (2007).

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