Comparative phylogenetic methods and the study of pattern and process in kinship
Comparative phylogenetic methods and the study of pattern and process in kinship. In P. McConvell, I. Keen, & R. Hendery (Eds.
), Kinship systems: Change and reconstruction
(pp. 43-58). Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press.
Anthropology began by comparing aspects of kinship across cultures, while linguists interested in semantic domains such as kinship necessarily compare across languages. In this chapter I show how phylogenetic comparative methods from evolutionary biology can be used to study evolutionary processes relating to kinship and kinship terminologies across language and culture.