Kinbank: A global database of kinship terminology

PLoS ONE Vol/Iss. 18(5) Public Library of Science Published In Pages: e0283218
By Passmore, Sam, Barth, Wolfgang, Greenhill, Simon J. , Quinn, Kyla, Sheard, Catherine, Argyriou, Paraskevi, Birchall, Joshua, Bowern, Claire, Calladine, Jasmine, Deb, Angarika, Diederen, Anouk, Metsäranta, Niklas P., Henrique Araujo, Luis, Schembri, Rhiannon, Hickey-Hall, Jo, Honkola, Terhi, Mitchell, Alice, Poole, Lucy, Rácz, Péter M., Roberts, Sean G., Ross, Robert M., Thomas-Colquhoun, Ewan, Evans, Nicholas, Jordan, Fiona M.


There is gender bias in the phonological structure of parent terms.


"There is positive evidence for [ηa] and [na] more commonly referring to mother, and that [pa] and [ta] more commonly refer to father... [ma], which is often thought to be linked to mothers, is actually equally linked to father."


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Multilevel Bayesian logistic regressionSupported89% HPDIUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Phonological structure of parent termsDependentPhonology
Parental referentIndependentKinship Terminology