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Re: Family business

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Friday, November 19, 2004, 18:39
The only really interesting thing Teonaht does with family relations is have
different words for father, mother, sister, and brother, distinguishing
whether they are YOUR kin or someone else's kin.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Geoff Horswood" <geoffhorswood@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2004 4:09 AM
Subject: Family business

> I'm trying to generate some vocabulary for Xinkutlan around the concepts > of > family and relations. > > I was thinking about some of the different ways Kazakh and some of the > other languages I know bits of classify different relatives, and I started > wondering. > > Do your conlangs have any "interesting" ways of classifying family > relationships? What distinctions are made/not made? > Eg are there separate words for elder and younger siblings? Different > terms depending on birth order? How far "out" does "brother" extend? > (Two > common parents, one common parent, uncles, friends, people from your > village...) > How many generations back and forward have specific titles (ie mother, > grandmother, great-grandmother etc)? Do the ancestral ones vary depending > on which side of the family? > How do you refer to in-laws? Do husbands and wives use different words > for > family members? > What does your language's conculture consider to constitute "a family"? > Nuclear or extended- and how far extended? >