Eric D. Widmer

Widmer,E.D., Romney, A.K., Boyd, J. (1999). Cognitive aspects of step-terms in American kinship. American Anthropologist, vol. 101, n2, pp. 374-378.
This article extends the study of judged similarity among kinship terms from consanguineal to step- terms. Based on a sample of college students, it presents a Euclidean representation of American kinship terms that shows that the distinction between consanguineal terms and step- terms is crucial. This representation matches predictions from the componential analysis paradigm and is shared by respondents of both genders with different ethnicities and first languages spoken.

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