Can you be more specific? Africa is a mighty big continent. I'm sure that kinship terms are not the same throughout the continent. Charlie --- In [log in to unmask], Philippe Caquant <herodote92@Y...> wrote: > Interesting ite, but why don't they give the names for > the grandparents and grandchildren ? And also for > half-brothers and sisters ? I remember that in Africa, > when someone tells you 'X is my brother', it normally > doesn't mean that someone and X have same father and > mother. I can be only one of them, or it can even be a > fuzzier relation (same 'clan', same village..). To > express what we would call "brother", one often says > "he's my brother same-father same-mother"... > > In Russian, there was a very interesting and complex > system too. I'll ask my wife if she remembers it (I > think it's getting to some simplification by now). > > --- Roger Mills <rfmilly@M...> skrev: > > When I used to sit in on Anthro courses, I was > > astonished at the amount of > > time spent on kinship systems. And confused... > > Here's a good explanation of > > the varieties, and quite a bit more, that will be of > > interest both to > > conlang and conculture: > > > > > http://www.umanitoba.ca/anthropology/tutor/kinterms/termsys.html > > > > (Gracias a Danilo Vilicic, de la lista "Ideolengua") > > > > ===== > Philippe Caquant > > > Ceterum censeo *vi* esse oblitterandum (Me).