Comparative phylogenetic methods and the study of pattern and process in kinship

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Abstract

Anthropology began by comparing aspects of kinship across cultures, while linguists interested in semantic domains such as kinship necessarily compare across languages. In this chapter I show how phylogenetic comparative methods from evolutionary biology can be used to study evolutionary processes relating to kinship and kinship terminologies across language and culture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKinship systems: change and reconstruction
EditorsPatrick McConvell, Ian Keen, Rachel Hendery
Place of PublicationSalt Lake City, UT
PublisherUniversity of Utah Press
Pages43-58
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-60781-245-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-60781-244-9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

Keywords

  • kinship
  • cultural evolution
  • cultural phylogenetics

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