Behavior Genetics

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 23–31 | Cite as

Assortative mating for cultural identification as indicated by language use

  • Craig T. Nagoshi
  • Ronald C. Johnson
  • George P. Danko


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.

Key Words

assortative mating language use phenotypic assortment social homogamy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Craig T. Nagoshi
    • 1
  • Ronald C. Johnson
    • 1
  • George P. Danko
    • 1
  1. 1.Behavioral Biology LaboratoryUniversity of HawaiiHonolulu

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