[Lingtyp] Kinship systems that distinguish age but not gender
rdbusser at gmail.com
Wed Jul 19 10:01:35 UTC 2017
In case you need another one: Bunun (Austronesian) has tuqas 'older
sibling' and nauba 'younger sibling'.
Am I wrong to assume that this is quite common in Western Austronesian?
Rik De Busser, Assistant Professor
Graduate Institute of Linguistics
National Chengchi University
On 19/07/2017 16:31, Hedvig Skirgård wrote:
> Dear LINGTYP,
> Does anyone know of a language that has a distinction in the kinship
> system for age of referent (younger/older) without also having a
> distinction for gender of referent? For example, a language that marks
> siblings as being younger or older to ego without reference to being
> sister or brother.
> The hypothesis is that this doesn't happen/is very rare. We'd like to
> know if you've come across any examples of this.
> I'm asking for my friend Alex (cc:ed) who is not on the list. Please
> direct any responses or comments to her.
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