Componential Analysis of Kinship Terminology: A by V. Pericliev

By V. Pericliev

This publication offers the 1st machine software automating the duty of componential research of kinship vocabularies. The e-book examines this system with regards to simple difficulties: the generally happening inconsistency of componential versions; and the massive variety of replacement componential types.

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This assertion, however, cannot be taken very seriously. Thus, from a first glance it is seen that we cannot distinguish between father, grandfather, great-grandfather, etc. insofar as they are all lineal males of ascending generation; the same applies to the female counterparts of these words, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother, which are all lineal females of ascending generation. Problems of componential analysis 35 Things however cannot be remedied by simply letting the feature ‘generation’ take further numbers as values.

Only four are correct. Also, two kin terms, qaphécî and qaméicî, are split into homonymous pairs in order to allow conjunctive definitions. 3 Wallace and Atkins on English In their classic paper, Wallace and Atkins (1960) suggest a componential analysis of English, which is briefly discussed in this section (a simplified version of this model, cleared from the problems below, was used as an illustration in Chapter 1). They assume the following data set of kin terms with their attendant kin types: grandfather: FaFa ∨ MoFa grandmother: FaMo ∨ MoMo father: Fa mother: Mo brother: Br sister: Si son: So daughter: Da Problems of componential analysis 33 grandson: SoSo ∨ DaSo granddaughter: SoDa ∨ DaDa uncle: FaBr ∨ MoBr ∨ FaFaBr ∨ MoFaBr, etc.

Thus, uncle, in its usual 26 Componential Analysis of Kinship Terminology meaning covering both affinal and consanguineal kin types, will have the components [nonnuclear & ascending generation & consanguineal 1st link & collateral & male], and aunt the components [nonnuclear & ascending generation & consanguineal 1st link & collateral & female]. 2) how, for example, uncle contrasts with the other terms from the domain (the situation with aunt will be analogous). It will be clear that uncle stays distinct from all female terms, and all terms that are not of ascending generation.

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