Kinship Terminology

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Kinship terminology in general may be used to refer to the various systems used in languages to refer to the persons to whom an individual is related through kinship. As Robert Parkin states, a kin term or kinship term or relationship term designates a particular category of kin or relative regarded as a single semantic unit.

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Kinship TerminologyKinship terminologyKinship terminology in general may be used to refer to the various systems used in languages to refer to the persons to whom an individual is related through kinship. As Robert Parkin states, a kin term or kinship term or relationship term designates a particular category of kin or relative regarded as a single semantic unit. It can be conceptualised as containing one or more kin types, though empirically it will be applied to a number of different individuals occupying different genealogical positions. The whole ensemble of kinship terms is referred to as kinship terminology or relationship terminology. The kin term product was first discussed by D.Read (1984) and is defined as follows: Let K and L be kin terms in a given kinship terminology, T. Let ego, alter1 and alter2 refer to three arbitrary persons each of whose cultural repertoire includes the kinship terminology, T. The kin term product of K and L, denoted K or L, is a kin term, M, if any, that ego may (properly) use to refer to alter2 when ego (properly) uses the kin term L to refer to alter1 and alter1 (properly) uses the kin term K to refer to alter2. Kinship terminologies have discernable patterns, but these vary from society to society and are not always internally consistent in the logical sense; for example some languages distinguish between affinal and consanguine uncles, whereas others have only one word to refer to both a father and his brothers. Also, kinship ter

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