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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).