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Dravidian Kinship Terms

M. B. Emeneau
Language
Vol. 29, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1953), pp. 339-353
DOI: 10.2307/410030
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/410030
Page Count: 15
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Dravidian Kinship Terms
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Abstract

Proto-Dravidian had a class of kinship nouns which occurred only in the possessed construction (inalienably possessed); this probably was a syntactic rather than a morphological construction. The personal and reflexive pronouns which occurred as attributes in this construction were only the plural ones; distinction of number in the possessor was not indicated, and could be gathered only from the context. The evidence is drawn from Old Tamil, Kota, Gondi, Kolami, Kuwi, and Kurukh.

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