|From:||Brian Betty <bbetty@...>|
|Date:||Monday, April 12, 1999, 16:54|
So here's my personal pet peeve about English - a lack of useful relational
terms. I mean, maybe I'm a freak, but I have always made a distinction in
my head between maternal and paternal grandparents, but to actually refer
to my poor Nana J as my maternal grandmother is like referring to her as my
supecalifragilisticexpialidocious, if you know what I mean. It's hard to
say and doesn't float off the tongue, but I see a real need to distinguish
the two relations. It annoys me all the time.
So what sort of relational systems have people worked on that they think
are unusual or interesting? Since there are nonhuman and nonhumanoid
peoples being discussed on this list, I imagine there must be quite a
plethora of systems to discuss ...
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