Kinship Terminologies, Hypothetical or Extant, Are Optimal Solutions

Fischer, Michael D and Leaf, Murray J. and Read, Dwight (2014) Kinship Terminologies, Hypothetical or Extant, Are Optimal Solutions. Working paper. Center for Human Complex Systems, UCLA, Los Angeles (Full text available)

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Abstract

The claim that extant terminologies are optimal solutions in a space of all possible terminologies depends on invalidly assuming any partition of a set of genealogical relations is a possible kinship terminology.  Instead, kinship terminologies have a particular type of logical/formal structure that is generative with categories providing for classification that is reciprocal.  As a consequence, all terminologies, extant or hypothetical, are optimal solutions in the sense this term is used in the claim made about kinship terminologies.

Item Type: Monograph (Working paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: kinship terminologies, relationship terminologies, kinship, cultural models, optimality, communication
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BC Logic
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA150 Algebra
Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Visual and Computational Anthropology
Depositing User: Michael Fischer
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2014 04:08 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2014 13:47 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41704 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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