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Indo-European Kinship Terminology in linguistics and Anthropology

Heinrich Hettrich
Anthropological Linguistics
Vol. 27, No. 4 (Winter, 1985), pp. 453-480
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30028080
Page Count: 28
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Abstract

After a survey of previous research (1-3), the view is rejected that the PIE kinship terminology belongs to the Omaha type (4). Rather, it seems to have closer relations to Murdock's (1949) descriptive type (5,1); the avunculus-nepos problem can be resolved without relying on the Omaha model (5,2); Concerning affines, it is shown that PIE * suek̂uros/ suek̂rūs designate the parents-in-law on both sides (6); so there exists no contradiction between linguistic evidence and anthropological expectations.

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