There are diverse cultures in the world all with different perceptions of life. However, scientists are optimistic that they may have discovered a variety of similar ideologies of family relationships across diverse cultures. There are countless ways that relations are labeled in different languages. Nevertheless there is a recent research geared by Charles Kemp who hails from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and Terry Regier from the University of California in Berkeley that reveals that perhaps there is a common global perspective about family connection as well as other issues.
The expressions that are used in different languages to identify relatives across the board precisely reflect the varied contrasting values that each culture holds. In May 25 Science Kemp and Regier stated that the systems instilled to identify family relationships thrive to achieve a perfect balance between practicality and straightforwardness. Kemp further explains that in some cultures they have opted for the straightforwardness in labeling relations while others prefer more detail. However, these opposing views do not take one side over the other. Instead they try to achieve the balance that was earlier stated. This was discovered by a modern mathematical evaluation of the phrases used in relating to family relationships.
The researchers’ findings elaborated that there are overall boundaries in people’s perspective about these classification that relate to relationships of relations. This is due to the limits that spoken word provides. Stephen Levinson a member of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguist suited in Nijmegen, Netherlands remarks in the similar topic of science. Levinson continues by saying that cultural influences such as how the lineage is determined: either from the mother’s or father’s side shape the systems instilled in how one relates to their kin.
Anthropologist Doug Jones of the University of Utah suited at Salt Lake City says that basic but detailed definitions are ideal for other tangible groupings. For example relatives can be identified by certain unique physical attributes for instance the gender or facial structure. This type of classification only works on humans since it is difficult to identify animals of same lineage by this method.
Kemp and Regier firstly collected and analyzed past comprehensive terms from 487 languages from different researchers to be able to calculate a small possible percentage of categorizing kin relationships. This was founded on the basis of how long all the definitions of these languages could label the family relationships as well as to also provide a description of future members. The scientists found out that all these cultures invent words to label specific categorizes of relations that provide adequate detail but are still easily comprehendible. They noticed that these values usually favor either one of the objectives.
For instance in English the word “uncle” is used to describe either a father’s or mother’s brother. It can also be used to describe a mother’s or father’s sibling’s husband. Yet in other languages this word has more detailed and complex meaning. It may only describe only one side of the family’s relations i.e. mother’s or father’s side of the family. In some instances to could only refer to only over one or more generations.
Based on this findings Kemp and Regier plan to extend their relativity and scientific method to identify if there is an importance to if the color definition from diverse languages help capitalize the listener’s skill to be able to pick the same hues as the ones proposed by the presenter