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 <[log in to unmask]> 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).