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Full Title: Kinship and Social Categories in Small-scale Societies

Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Start Date: 05-Dec-2012 - 07-Dec-2012
Contact: Patrick McConvell
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: https://sites.google.com/site/als2012uwa/home/workshops/kinship
Meeting Description: Kinship and Social Categories in Small-scale Societies: Terms, Structure and Systems in Synchronic and Diachronic Perspective
Organisers: Jane Simpson, Patrick McConvell, Harold Koch

The workshop aims to trace, from linguistic evidence, how various elements of social systems (kinship systems, marriage, social categories like moieties and sections, local descent groups etc) have evolved together, influenced each other, or sometimes clashed. Examples can be drawn from any small-scale societies, especially focussing on the Asia-Pacific and Australia. The scope can include modern and historical cases of how groups converge or otherwise deal with mismatch between systems, and prehistorical reconstructions. The workshop builds on the AUSTKIN project. We wish to examine hypotheses for instance about whether each type of kinship system correlates with specific other features of systems, such as social categories, and how this came about (for instance which of the systems came first).
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Anthropological Linguistics
LL Issue: 23.3744

This is a session of the following meeting:
Australian Linguistic Society

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