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Re: Consequences of a matrilocal society

From:Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...>
Date:Monday, June 12, 2006, 20:36
On Mon, 12 Jun 2006 09:36:46 +0100, Peter Bleackley
<Peter.Bleackley@...> wrote:

>Suppose we have a society where a woman will live her entire life in the >village where she was born, but where a man must leave the village at his >coming of age and marry a woman from another village.
Technically this is uxorilocal, not matrilocal. In a properly-so-called matrilocal arrangement each person still lives in or near his or her mother's residence his or her whole life. There are many such societies in which a married couple do not reside together. Among many of these it is the mother's oldest brother, rather than the father (the mother's husband), who raises a child. In many such societies it is also a man's oldest sister's oldest son, rather than his own (i.e. his wife's) oldest son, who is his heir; but that arrangement is typical in any society where the husband must frequently be apart from the wife for long periods.
>This is the way these >people avoid consanguineous marriages. It occurs to me that the language >spoken in such a society will have two registers - a male register and a >female register.
I don't see why the uxorilocal arrangement will correlate positively with the existence of registers distinguished by sex, nor with the degree of that distinction.
>The female register will have a lot of dialectal variation >from village to village, where as the male register will more homogeneous >over wider areas.
If there is a difference in registers correlated with sex, and also husbands usually leave their birth-homes to move in with their wives, it seems likely that the difference will indeed be as you describe.
> >Pete
Interesting question, Pete. Thanks. ----- eldin