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In Memoriam, Per Hage, 1935-2004

In Memoriam, Per Hage, 1935-2004 Per Hage died of leukemia on the 25th of July 2004, just as he was hitting his stride in world kinship studies. His interests in the Paci²c had been especially wel- come in a region that had seen little linguistic or other culture historic work on kinship. His obituary in l’Homme earlier this year speaks to his life from a social anthropologist’s perspective. Per is remembered for his support of the linguists, part of which was showing deeper uses of extant data through markedness studies and other sorts of reasoning. It was only roughly ten years ago that Per returned in earnest to the topic of some of his earliest publications: kinship. A period of work with the mathematician Frank Harary had seen publications from 1981 to 1998 that occasionally concerned kinship and typi- cally involved application of Boolean reductions, graph models, hierarchical opposition, minimum spanning trees, and other such topics and methods that leaned toward the mathematical. His focus since about 1996 developed into a sustained assault on culture history issues, mainly kinship, including the publication of the Proto-Oceanic matrilineal- ity hypothesis in 1998 (Was Proto-Oceanic society matrilineal?) and posthumous publica- tions on the kinship situation in East http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

In Memoriam, Per Hage, 1935-2004

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 45 (2) – Jan 24, 2007

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Abstract

Per Hage died of leukemia on the 25th of July 2004, just as he was hitting his stride in world kinship studies. His interests in the Paci²c had been especially wel- come in a region that had seen little linguistic or other culture historic work on kinship. His obituary in l’Homme earlier this year speaks to his life from a social anthropologist’s perspective. Per is remembered for his support of the linguists, part of which was showing deeper uses of extant data through markedness studies and other sorts of reasoning. It was only roughly ten years ago that Per returned in earnest to the topic of some of his earliest publications: kinship. A period of work with the mathematician Frank Harary had seen publications from 1981 to 1998 that occasionally concerned kinship and typi- cally involved application of Boolean reductions, graph models, hierarchical opposition, minimum spanning trees, and other such topics and methods that leaned toward the mathematical. His focus since about 1996 developed into a sustained assault on culture history issues, mainly kinship, including the publication of the Proto-Oceanic matrilineal- ity hypothesis in 1998 (Was Proto-Oceanic society matrilineal?) and posthumous publica- tions on the kinship situation in East

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 24, 2007

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