On Wed, 01 Dec 2004 14:09, Doug Dee wrote: > In a message dated 11/30/2004 3:32:08 PM Eastern Standard Time, > > [log in to unmask] writes: > >It's probably true that all kinship systems have distinct terms for > >father, mother, son, daughter, brother, and sister, > > I seem to recall that there are some languages that have words for > "same-sex sibling" and "opposite-sex sibling" instead of "brother" and > "sister." Tok Pisin: Em i susa bilong mi - She's my sister (Male speaker) Em i brata bilong mi - He's my brother (Male speaker) Em i susa bilong mi - He's my brother (Female speaker) Em i brata bilong mi - She's my sister (Female speaker) I'm probably thirty years behind the times, but that was the usage I remember from the early 70s. > > Doug -- Wesley Parish * * * Clinersterton beademung - in all of love. RIP James Blish * * * Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?" You ask, "What is the most important thing?" Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata." I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."