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THEORY: language and philosophy [was Re: A question and

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, June 17, 2002, 16:05
Andy Canivet scripsit:

> As for terms of address, pronouns and such - I aglso > agree. These terms refer to relationships between people, and only the mgost > relevant difference or relationship will be worthy of it's own linguistic > reflection; so kinship terms on the basis of faith would seem pretty > bizarre.
Not altogether. English has "godfather" and "godmother", but no terms for "two people of whom one is the father/mother, one is the godfather/mother of a specific person" (Sp. "copadres/comadres") still less for "the social institution consisting of overlapping family relationships based on godparentship" (Sp. "compadrazgo"). -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_