Corpus ID: 14145782

Kinship in grammar

  title={Kinship in grammar},
  author={{\"O}sten Dahl and Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm},
Kinship terminology has always been a central subject in anthropology, with the focus on the ways we classify our relatives and how they relate to social structure. In linguistic literature, kin terms are often mentioned as a group of lexical items with special properties. Most notably perhaps, they figure together with body part terms as the nouns that most often show up in inalienable possessive constructions. Due to their role in what is referred to as "possessor ascension", body part terms… Expand

Tables from this paper

Human kinship, from conceptual structure to grammar
  • Doug Jones
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • 2010
It is argued that universals and variation in kin terminology result from the interaction of an innate conceptual structure of kinship, homologous with conceptual structure in other domains, and principles of optimal, “grammatical” communication active in language in general. Expand
Suppletive kin term paradigms in the languages of New Guinea
Abstract Kin terms in some languages have suppletive roots according to the person of the possessor, as in Kaluli na:la: ‘my daughter’, ga:la: ‘your daughter’ versus ida: ‘her/his daughter’.Expand
Language in the Constitution of Kinship
Kinship has been an “essentially contested concept” in social and cultural anthropology. Nevertheless, linguistic and anthropological linguistic studies of kinship terminologies, grammar, andExpand
Split possession and the syntax of kinship nouns in Norwegian
Many languages have possessive constructions which treat different groups of nouns in different ways; this phenomenon is called split possession. The groups of nouns that are usually given specialExpand
All men become brothers. The use of kinship terms for non-related persons as a sign of respect or disrespect
In many different languages, kinship terms can be used in order to address or refer to non-kin. These terms can be very polite, and in many languages this is the only meaning and function they have.Expand
Grammaticalization in the North: Noun phrase morphosyntax in Scandinavian vernaculars
This book looks at some phenomena within the grammar of the noun phrase in a group of traditional North Germanic varieties mainly spoken in Sweden and Finland, usually seen as Swedish dialects,Expand
Context in Constructions
This study aims to begin an integration of formal and social/interactional approaches to linguistics from the perspective of a flexible and precise grammatical framework: Sign-based Construction Grammar. Expand
The so-called relation forms of nouns in South Saami:
Th e paper describes a previously little-known grammatical category in South Saami. Termed here as “relation forms”, the phenomenon in question is etymologically related to the comparative andExpand
Inalienable Possession in Swedish and Danish – A Diachronic Perspective
Abstract In this paper we discuss the alienability splits in two Mainland Scandinavian languages, Swedish and Danish, in a diachronic context. Although it is not universally acknowledged that suchExpand
Split possession and definiteness marking in American Norwegian
Abstract This article discusses definiteness marking in two possessive constructions that exhibit special patterns (split possession) for certain kinship nouns in Norwegian. It is shown that theExpand


A Grammar of Slave. Mouton Grammar Library
  • A Grammar of Slave. Mouton Grammar Library
  • 1989
Egocentricity in Discourse and Syntax
Routledge Descriptive Grammars The Grammar of Inalienability
  • Routledge Descriptive Grammars The Grammar of Inalienability
  • 1996
A grammar of Lezgian. Mouton grammar library
  • 1993
The Grammar of Inalienability
  • Maori. Routledge Descriptive Grammars. London: Routledge Chapell, Hilary and William McGregor (eds.)
  • 1993
A grammar of Slave
On alienable and inalienable possession
Repliker utan gränser
  • Till studiet av syntaktisk struktur i samtal.
  • 1988