project . 2015 - 2021 . Closed

VARIKIN

Cultural Evolution of Kinship Diversity: Variation in Language, Cognition, and Social Norms Regarding Family
Open Access mandate for Publications European Commission
  • Funder: European CommissionProject code: 639291 Call for proposal: ERC-2014-STG
  • Funded under: H2020 | ERC | ERC-STG Overall Budget: 1,233,670 EURFunder Contribution: 1,233,670 EUR
  • Status: Closed
  • Start Date
    01 Jul 2015
    End Date
    30 Jun 2021
  • Detailed project information (CORDIS)
  • Open Access mandate
    Research Data: No
Description
Why do human societies differ in whom they class as family? Why are cousins classed with siblings in some societies but not others? Accounting for the variable ways that cultures classify kin is an enduring puzzle. The VARIKIN project takes a cultural evolutionary approach to variety and unity and engages different fields–cultural phylogenetics, corpus linguistics, and cross-cultural child development. VARIKIN-Evolution asks how and why does kinship diversity evolve across cultures and over time? Using comparative phylogenetic modeling of cultural evolution we investigate the dynamics of how kinship terminologies and family norms change in eight language familie...
Description
Why do human societies differ in whom they class as family? Why are cousins classed with siblings in some societies but not others? Accounting for the variable ways that cultures classify kin is an enduring puzzle. The VARIKIN project takes a cultural evolutionary approach to variety and unity and engages different fields–cultural phylogenetics, corpus linguistics, and cross-cultural child development. VARIKIN-Evolution asks how and why does kinship diversity evolve across cultures and over time? Using comparative phylogenetic modeling of cultural evolution we investigate the dynamics of how kinship terminologies and family norms change in eight language familie...
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