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Hochkulturen. Barkow, J. H. (1992): Beneath new culture is old psychology: gossip and social stratification. In J. H. Barkow, L. Cosmides and J. Tooby (eds): The Adapted Mind

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. Primate Social Systems. DUNBAR, R. (1996): Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language. London, Faber and Faber. Grooming, Gossip and

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Engaging in chit-chat (and all that)

A review of Why We Talk: The Evolutionary Origins of Language by Jean-Louis Dessalles (translated by James Grieve). Oxford University Press (2007), 395 pages, £35.00 ($55.00), ISBN: 0199276233 (hardback)

Journal of Evolutionary Psychology
Author: Fiona M. Jordan

510 526 . R. I. M. Dunbar 1996 Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language Faber and Faber

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K. D. Vohs 2004 Gossip as cultural learning Review of General Psychology 8 111 121

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The expression xuuč yaria can be translated as ‘story’ or ‘gossip’, and indeed, they are short stories about interesting, extraordinary or sometimes fearful events heard or seen by the storyteller. As far as their content is concerned, the stories are colourful and ramifying, and it is beyond doubt that the xuuč yaria has some connections with domogs, tales and even heroic epics. Unfortunately, research into this field has begun relatively recently, so these connections are far from being clear. Moreover, the xuuč yaria stories are interesting not only from the point of view of folklore, but they also shed light on the history of ideas, since the first ones were collected in the 1950s, and thus some of them reflect the political atmosphere of the socialist era. In this article an attempt is made to give the broader outlines of the xuuč yaria as a genre of Mongolian folklore, and establish a typology in the hope that it will be helpful for further research.

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Magyar Pszichológiai Szemle
Authors: György Hunyady, Paula Fischer, and László Hülber

). Religion explained: The evolutionary origins of religious thought . New York: Basic books. Dunbar , R. ( 1996 ). Gossip, grooming and the evolution of language . London

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, H. (1996): Soap operas and gossip. Journal of Popular Culture , 29, 201-209. Soap operas and gossip. Journal of Popular Culture 29

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. Barkow 1992 Beneath new culture is old psychology: Gossip and social stratification J. H. Barkow L. Cosmides

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. ( 1996 ). Grooming, gossip and the evolution of language . London : Faber & Faber . Dunbar , R. I. M. ( 2004 ). The human story. A new history of mankind’s evolution

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DiFonzo , Nicholas— Bordia , Prashant 2007: Rumor, Gossip and Urban Legends. Diogenes 54(1), 19–35. Bordia P. Rumor, Gossip and Urban Legends Diogenes 2007 54 19 35

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