On Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:00:36 -0400, J S Jones <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >May29 is an exolang I'm trying to develop vocabulary for -- roots are subject to change. It's is spoken by serial hermaphrodites, so gender is habitual/long-term rather than inherent. The following is a proposed kinship system. > Here's Version 2: Kinship roots use Y-stem-X morphology (and Y X stem syntax). Kinship terms are chains which contain the habitual term shon "spouse" and/or inherent kinship subchains. The basic inherent kinship terms are the following: daa, da- X is mother of Y kaa, ka- X is father of Y thei, thi- X is offspring of Y rou, ro- X and Y are full siblings The hyphenated forms are non-final in the subchain. The age specifiers, which occur only finally (and immediately after ro- or thi-) in the subchain are: maa X is older than Y kei X is younger than Y pou X and Y are the same age Here are some example terms: dakaropou X is Y's mother's father's twin kathimaa X is Y's older paternal half-sibling thidaa X is the mother of someone that Y is the father of shondaa X is Y's mother-in-law shonthei X is Y's step-child The Version 1 form _daafer_ is no longer possible, but one could say: jimos ja daa dashi kaha he child-Def Ani-O mother, woman-Def father-O Fin "The child's mother is the woman's father." >Kinship terms are bivalent predicates: X is the suffixed argument (last phrase) and Y is the prefixed argument (1st phrase). I.e. Y-term-X morphology and Y X term syntax. Here are some basic roots (all denoting inherent relationships): > >daa X is mother of Y >faa X is father of Y >maa X is an older full sibling of Y >tou X and Y are twins > >Examples: >(1) mofaati he / 2-father-1S Fin / "I'm your father." >(2) jimos dashi daa he >young_child-Def woman-Def mother Fin >"The woman is the young child's mother." > >These can be concatenated to form stems representing products of relations, e.g. > >daafaatou X is Y's mother's father's twin >faamaa X is Y's father's older full sibling > >Except for tou, which is reciprocal, these each have inverses which appear only in chains: > >der Y is mother of X >fer Y is father of X >kei Y is an older full sibling of X > >faakei X is Y's father's younger full sibling >daader X is Y's half-sibling on the mother's side >derfaa X is the father of someone that Y is the mother of > >Note that forms such as daafer are possible. > >There are some holes in the system; for example, half-siblings can't be distinguished by age and there aren't generic terms for sibling or parent.