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

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Jordan,  Fiona
Radboud University Nijmegen, NL;
Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Jordan, F. (2013). Comparative phylogenetic methods and the study of pattern and process in kinship. In P. McConvell, I. Keen, & R. Hendery (Eds.), Kinship systems: Change and reconstruction (pp. 43-58). Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-B9AE-9
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.