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Behav Genet. 1990 Jan;20(1):23-31.

Assortative mating for cultural identification as indicated by language use.

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  • 1Behavioral Biology Laboratory, University of Hawaii, Honolulu 96822.


Persons of Japanese ancestry from Hawaii who marry within their own racial/ethnic group show a significant degree of homogamous assortative mating for "pidgin" and for standard English usage, variables reflective of important cultural differences in Hawaii. Persons of Japanese ancestry who married persons of other racial/ethnic groups had less exposure to pidgin in their parental homes and were less likely to speak this dialect of English. Sibling-spouse analyses suggested that assortment for such language use is entirely due to social homogamy rather than active phenotypic assortment.

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