A.T.Kassymbekova,A.T.Myrzakhmetova,S.S.Sultanbekova,Sh.A.Ubniyazova. Distinctions Between The Kazakh And English Kinship Terminology


Social Sciences / Education / Special education

Submitted on: Dec 18, 2015, 03:16:35

Description: Kinship terminologies express how societies depict kin relationships in language. While words such as "apa" and "sister" have evolutionary histories particular to their language families or areas, patterns of equivalence among language terms are frequent worldwide. Such equivalence patterns have long been thought of as tightly-bound semantic systems, rather than independent "bits" of culture, but the evolutionary processes underlying this type of language-culture coevolution remain poorly understood. In our study we demonstrate using English and Kazakh examples how we can use comparative methods to track differences in the form of kinship terms along with differences in their meaning. We intend to understand the worldwide diversity in semantic categories of kin-types, the dynamics of how they evolve, and how these semantic categories may relate to important human social behaviors. Key words: kinship terms, kinship terminology, kin, kinship structure.


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