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Copyright: 2011
Trim: 8 x 11
Pages: 264 pp.
Illustrations: 54 figures, 23 tables, 11 maps


Kinship, Language, and Prehistory

Per Hage and the Renaissance in Kinship Studies

Edited by Doug Jones and Bojka Milicic

Anthropology / Archaeology

A chronicle of the renaissance in kinship studies, these seventeen articles pay tribute to Per Hage, one of the founding fathers of the movement and long-time faculty member of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah. With mathematician Frank Harary, Hage pioneered the use of graph theoretical models in anthropology, a systematic analysis of diverse cognitive, social, and cultural components that provides a common technical vocabulary for the entire field. Anthropological studies have benefited from quantitative evaluation, particularly kinship, which is newly appreciated for its application to all social sciences. The chapters of this book, some original works by the contributors and some unpublished Hage material, attest to the importance of the continual study of kinship.


Pierre Bancel, Association d'Etudes Linguistiques et Anthropologiques Préhistoriques, Paris; John Bengtson, Association for the Study of Language in Prehistory; Giovanni Bennardo, Northern Illinois University; Koen Bostoen, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium, and Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; Christopher Ehret, University of California at Los Angeles; Per Hage, Department of Anthropology, University of Utah; David Jenkins, Roundhouse Institute for Field Studies; Douglas Jones, University of Utah; Ian Keen, Australian National University; David Kronenfeld, University of California, Riverside; Jeff Marck, Australian National University; Alain Matthey de l'Etang, Association d'Etudes Linguistiques et Anthropologiques Préhistoriques, Paris; Patrick McConvell, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra; Bojka Milicic, University of Utah; Jean-Georges Kamba Muzenga, Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Dwight Read, University of California, Los Angeles; Merritt Ruhlen, Stanford University; Warren Shapiro, Rutgers University

Table of Contents:

List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
Abbreviations for Kin Types

1. Per Hage and the Renaissance in Kinship Studies ~ Doug Jones and Bojka Milicic
2. Anthropology, Mathematics, and Per Hage's Contribution to Kinship Theory ~ David Jenkins

Part 1. Kinship and Prehistory
3. Back to Proto-Sapiens (Part 1): The Inherited Kinship Terms Papa, Mama, and Kaka ~ Alain Matthey de l'Etang, Pierre Bancel, and Merritt Ruhlen
4. Back to Proto-Sapiens (Part 2): The Global Kinship Terms Papa, Mama and Kaka ~ Pierre Bancel, Alain Matthey de l'Etang, and John D. Bengtson
5. Reconstructing Ancient Kinship: Practice and Theory in an African Case Study ~ Christopher Ehret
6. Proto-Bantu Descent Groups ~ Per Hage and Jeff Marck
7. Kin Terms in the East Bantu Protolanguages: Initial Findings ~ Jeff Mark, Per Hage, Koen Bostoen, and Jean-Georges Kamba Muzenga
8. Proto-Oceanic Society (Austronesian) and Proto-East Bantu Society (Niger-Congo) Residence, Descent, and Kin Terms, ca. 1000 BC ~ Jeff Mark and Koen Bostoen
9. Oceanic Cousin Terms and Marriage Alliance ~ Per Hage
10. The Transition from Kariera to an Asymmetrical System: Cape York Peninsula to North-East Arnhemland ~ Patrick McConvell and Ian Keen
11. Proto-Central Amerind *Pa: "Father's Sister"="Mother-in-Law" ~ Per Hage

Part II. Kinship, Language, and Mind
12. What is Malay Kinship Primarily About? Or, the New Kinship Studies and the Fabrication of Ethnographic Fantasy ~ Warren Shapiro
13. The Logic and Structure of Kinship Terminologies: Implications for Theory and Historical Reconstructions ~ Dwight Read
14. Salience of Verticality and Horizontality in American and Tongan Kinship Terminologies ~ Giovanni Bennardo and Dwight Read
15. Marking and Language Change ~ David Kronenfeld
16. Grammars of Kinship and Color: Cognitive Universals and Optimal Communication ~ Doug Jones
17. Is There a Kinship Module?: Evidence from Children's Acquisition of Kinship Terms in Pitumarca, Peru ~ Bojka Milicic

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