Children’s Acquisition of Kinship Knowledge: Theory and Method

25 January 2018, 9.00 AM - 26 January 2018, 5.00 PM

Cross-culturally, how do children learn about kinship concepts? Notions of family and kin terms themselves vary in complexity and structure, so to what extent does linguistic and cultural variation affect the acquisition of kinship knowledge? For many societies around the world, kinship provides the major framework for social organisation, yet we know very little about how children learn to categorise different kinds of kin. This two-day workshop at the University of Bristol will bring together researchers working both directly and indirectly on children’s acquisition of kinship concepts to stimulate and refine research in an important area for the cognitive and social sciences.

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