[Lingtyp] addressing the daughter as Mummy
Samia.NAIM at cnrs.fr
Sun Aug 16 07:27:12 UTC 2020
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It is the same not only between a son and his father but also between a son and his mother and it also occurs between husband and wife.
I’m not aware of any work on that, unfortunately.
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Objet : [Lingtyp] addressing the daughter as Mummy
In various cultures (those I know of happen to be mostly Islamic) the form of address can be copied by the addressee. Thus, when a daughter addresses her mother as “Mummy”, the mother often reciprocates, saying to the daughter something like “yes, Mummy”, or “what, Mummy…” (Same of course with a son and his father.)
In particular, I came across this kind of exchange in my fieldwork with Kurdish (Kurmanji) and some contemporary Aramaic varieties in Upper Mesopotamia and Syria, but this phenomenon is also current in the Soqotri language, an unwritten Semitic language spoken on the Socotra Island in the Indian Ocean, southeast of Yemen.
Are we aware of explanations for this kind of usage? Are there cross-language studies of this kind of facts?
Thank you very much!
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