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7 Kinship Terms

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The first section of this chapter states that Kinship terms are a subclass within the word class of nouns. The Atongs have a classificatory Kinship system. The system is typical for Tibeto-Burman languages. Atong also has some purely descriptive kinship terms, such as some reciprocal kinship terms. The second section discusses the morphologically-based division of Kinship terms. The third section explains the semantic division of Kinship terms. Address terms are discussed in the fourth section. Charts have been used to simplify the explanations. The fifth section discusses the consanguineal family from the perspective of 'me'. This is explained with the help of a diagram. The sixth section explains the "in-law" family with the help of a "table". The seventh section explains the pairs and groups of family members. The eighth section discusses family loss while the last section explains how to address people who are not kin.

Keywords: Atong; Kinship terms; reciprocal kinship terms; Tibeto-Burman languages



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