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#443 Communicative discourse of systems of terms of kinship and affinity: the Russian case study

The communicative discourse of systems of terms of kinship and affinity (TKA) is represented in Russian fiction. The study of texts presented in the "Library of Lexicographer" e-resource allows to identify 4 basic models. 1. Modal focusing, when TKA are...
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#426 Umm-walad (“Mother-of-child”) in Arabian Kinship and Inheritance of Power (a case study of the Omani-Zanzibari al-Busaid Dynasty).

The presentation focuses on the duality of certain kinship terms when a term and a position in a kinship system named by it also mark a certain inferior status in a social hierarchy. The Arabian term umm-walad (‘mother-of-child’) was used...
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#360 Kinbank: A global database of kinship terminology

Kinship terminology has a deep history in anthropology and linguistics, and as a result, kinship terminology is well-documented in the anthropological record. Some of these sources, over time, have been collated into private paper-based or boutique online collections. Collections are...

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#233 A Paradigm Shift: The Formal Basis for Descriptive Versus Classificatory Terminologies

The accepted, yet invalid, ontology for kin terms posits that they linguistically label genealogical categories determined by processes external to the terminology, such as marriage rules, conformity with forms of social groupings, and the like, where genealogical relations are determined...
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#181 Polygyny, incest and other conundrums in anthropological theories of marriage

Being a ‘structuralist partisan’ or not, every anthropologist interested in kinship must admit marriage is a central aspect of their subject. However, a consensual definition of what is to be taken as a ‘marriage’ has always been far to be...

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#65 Suckling and the Coronavirus: What Does Each Tell Us About Kinship’s Human Foundation

Recent advances made in anthropology reached through generating new primary (field ethnographic) data and by systematically revisiting existing theory of kinship reveal a clearly unique human nature to kinship relations characterized by specific and specified pathways of incorporation, ritually re-affirmed,...
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#63 Human Kinship Terminologies and Language Evolution

Human systems of kinship and marriage occupy an important place at the heart of social, population and linguistic evolution. Anthropologists have long used kinship systems as a microscope into the evolution of human social organization and social cognition. Kinship scholars...
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#51 Why is marriage often fragile in matrilineal societies?

Matrilineal descent and the societies that have it have long been seen as being more in need of explanation than patrilineal descent, which tends to be treated as humanity’s default in descent terms. There is a long history of theories...

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#09 The Non-Patrilocal European Neolithic: A Critique of Interpretation in aDNA and Isotope Research

Recent aDNA and Sr isotope ratio research has significantly advanced the modeling of ancient gene flow, migrations, and kinship but often lacks ethnologically-informed guidance for interpretation. This paper critically examines the now widely-accepted interpretation of patrilocality for the European Neolithic...