The evolution of kinship terminologies

  title={The evolution of kinship terminologies},
  author={Nicholas J. Allen},
  • N. Allen
  • Published 1 February 1989
  • Sociology
  • Lingua
The whole history of kinship terminology in three chapters
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    Southwestern Journal of Anthropology
  • 1967
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