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Senyecan kinship system

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 12, 2004, 22:45
The Senyecan kinship system is pretty simple.  If anyone can discern
which of the 6 it is, I'd appreciate knowing it.

First of all, it doesn't matter whether the ego is male or female.

Previous generations:
áman - mother
ápan - father
amáman - maternal grandmother
amápan - maternal grandfather
apáman - paternal grandmother
apápan - paternal grandfather
dzèèramúni - grandmothers, both of them (lit. "old mothers")
dzèèrapúni - grandfathers, etc.
tiràneráman - great-grandmother (lit. "3rd ancestor mother");
the ego
is the 0 generation.
tirànerápan - great-grandfather, etc.
cwèturàneráman - great-great-grandmother, etc.  These terms
distinguish matri- & patrilineal lines.  If you want to go farther
back, draw a diagram :-).  Incidentally, this word shows the rhythmic
placement of the primary accent & the secondary accents in compound

Same generation:
váárun - brother
swésrun - sister
mhédhathun - spouse.  Unless biologically determined, all words
denoting animate beings are epicene.  To specify gender, the prefixes
oes- & ii- indicate male & female respectively.
swecúrun - spouse's brother
yénun - spouse's brother's wife
dzóólun - spouse's sister
swoínun - spouse's sister's husband

Next generations:
súnun - son
dhúghun - daughter
dzéntun - son's wife
súnsun - daughter's husband
dhughsúnun - daughter's son, etc.
néftun - grandchild
tirnéftun - great-grandchild, etc.

In-laws are named by prefixing swel- to the above words, e.g.,
sweláman, mother-in-law.

P.S. I checked out this link:

All I could see were a bunch of pretty colored geometric figures. When will webmasters learn that a black font on a brown background can't be read? I'm 63, but cataract surgery has restored me to 20/20, but I still couldn't read the words.


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