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
>(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.