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Kinship, optimality, and typology

  • Simon Musgrave (a1) and David L. Dowe (a2)
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  • Published online: 17 December 2010

Jones uses a mechanism from the linguistic theory, Optimality Theory, to generate the range of kin systems observed in human cultures and human languages. The observed distribution of kinship systems across human societies suggests that some possibilities are preferred over others, a result that would indicate Jones' model needs to be refined, especially in its treatment of markedness.

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D. L. Dowe (2008) Foreword re C. S. Wallace. Computer Journal 51(5):523–60.

M. Gordon (2007) Typology in optimality theory. Language and Linguistics Compass 1(6):750–69.

D. Jones (2003b) The generative psychology of kinship: Part II. Generating variation from universal building blocks with optimality theory. Evolution and Human Behavior 24:320–50.

G. P. Murdock (1970) Kin term patterns and their distribution. Ethnology 9(2):165208.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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