Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Kinship terms are not kinship

Maurice Blocha1

London School of Economics, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom.


The target paper claims to contribute to the conceptualisation of kinship but is, in fact, only concerned with descriptive kinship terminologies. It uses Optimal Theory to analyse this vocabulary but it is not clear if this is to be understood as a psychological phenomenon. Jones does not make clear how this special vocabulary might relate to kinship in general.