Cross-language parallels in parental kin terms

Anthropological Linguistics Vol/Iss. 1 Published In Pages: 1-5
By Murdock, George Peter


This article examines the universal tendency for languages, regardless of their historical relationships, to develop similar words for mother and father on the basis of nursery forms. Findings suggest that Ma, Na, Pa, and Ta are significantly more common sound classes denoting the mother or father.

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