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Reconstructing Kinship or the pragmatics of kin talk

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This article argues that kinship terminologies are best studied in their full linguistic context; the data should be collected from naturally occurring conversation rather than elicited with frames, and recognition must be given to the fact that people choose which expressions to use. Other means are available for talking to or about kin: in any language there are many ways of referring to people. These include the use of kin terms, names, nicknames, titles and pronouns. These 'social deictic...

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Published
Peer review status:
Refereed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Social and Cultural Anthropology,Institute of
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Author
Publisher:
Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain
Journal:
Man
Volume:
28
Issue:
2
Pages:
199-224
Publication date:
1993-01-01
ISSN:
0025-1496
URN:
uuid:b4dbf87d-71c0-4e40-a946-6a28c817b2a1
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ora:4771
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