Kinship, Language, and Prehistory

Per Hage and the Renaissance in Kinship Studies

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 The chapters of this book, some original works by the contributors and some unpublished Hage material, attest to the importance of the continual study of kinship.

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

List of Contributors