Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Volume 33, Issue 5, October by Paul Bloom & Barbara L. Finlay (Editors)

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This accounts for the genealogical definitions of kin terms upon which the OT rules are based. The rules, then, are just describing Figure 2 (Read). Predicted mapping of American kin terms shown in Figure 1 onto genealogical positions in a genealogical grid. The predicted mapping agrees perfectly with the genealogical definition of kin terms. D – male marked position, W – female marked position, ¼ – spouse relation, vertical line – parent/child relation, horizontal line – sibling relation. Note: 2nd Cousin Once/Twice Removed not shown due to size of the grid.

If this methodological principle is followed, it is then possible to compare occurrence of terminological patterns with other patterns such as lineal descent. If the two are combined in the basic mechanisms such comparisons are compromised. Debate about the appropriateness of proposed constraints is going to be needed to lay a firmer foundation for the further development of this initiative. I would advocate disposing of any constraint like DISTINGUISH MATRIKIN . ” The sections attempting to construct a place for kinship in a very broad ontogeny of cognitive patterning are less than convincing.

In an “Iroquois” system, for example, the child of female Ego’s female cross cousin is classified as Ego’s son or daughter, even though that child is not in the same matrimoiety or matriclan as Ego; presumably this violates DISTINGUISH MATRIKIN . This pattern is in contradistinction to the “Dravidian” pattern of naming cross cousins’ children and other relations which does match well with lineal institutions. We see some more distant kin discussion later in the target article. The application of Lounsbury style “reduction rules” to second cousins, Older Mother’s Mother’s Brother’s Son’s Son reducing to Mother’s Brother’s Son, includes a reduction of MB to F, a transgression of DISTINGUISH MATRIKIN and apparently ad hoc.

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