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Re: Kinship Terms

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 19, 2004, 20:26
On Tue, Oct 19, 2004 at 03:30:44PM -0400, Cristina Escalante wrote:
> Link: File-List > > No kinship terms here. > > However: Most of the kinship terms I've seen are mother, brother, sister, > grandparent etc. I'm curious, where is the half sibling, demibrother, > second wife, ex wife, third cousin, adopted son, foster sister, same-sex > partner?
Well, where are those terms in English? :) Meþkaeki actually goes the other way - it has only five basic words that indicate family relationships, in two categories. The first category is for direct ancestors/descendants, no matter how remote: your "sil" is your parent, grandparent, or other ancestor, while your "forg" is your child, grandchild, or other descendant. The second category contains three words used for less direct relationships: patç, aþpri, and þov. Which one is used depends on the generational difference: if two people are of the same generation, they are patçbau; otherwise, the member of the older generation is the aþpri of the member of the younger generation, and the member of the younger generation is the þov of the member of the older generation. Thus, two people who are patçbau may be siblings, first cousins, second cousins, etc. If they are aþpri and þpov, then they may be aunt(uncle)/niece(nephew), cousins with removal, etc. All of these words may be quantified with numbers to give more precision, much as in English we stick some number of "greats" in front, or use an ordinal and a repeat count ("third cousin twice removed"). -Marcos