Mother, father, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, and cousin.

Our words for family relations are so familiar to us that it’s hard to imagine them any other way. But other languages have some surprising ways of ordering their kinship terms, and they can tell us about our social structure and our minds.

Linguist Daniel Midgley speaks with Dr Charles Kemp on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Relevant articles
http://phys.org/news/2012-05-principles-kinship-categories-languages.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120524143448.htm