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Title:The Kinship System of the Bisu of Chiang Rai
Abstract:This paper represents a preliminary investigation into the kinship terms of Bisu as spoken in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Extensive interviews were carried out with six Bisu informants. On the basis of this information, genealogy charts were drawn up for each informants' extended family. Follow-up interviews were conducted to clarify ambiguous points. The Bisu language is seen to distinguish kinsmen on the basis of gender, age relative to ego, and, in the case of G+1 relatives, age relative to the connecting parent. Bisu follows Hawaiian terminology by using the same terms for siblings and cousins. There is no cross-cousin marriage. Below the G+0 level, the terms for cousins' children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are the same as ego's grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, respectively. This represents a sort of "twice/thrice/four times removed from ego" symmetry, the same pattern found in Thai.
Contributor (author):Person, Kirk R.
Date (W3CDTF):1999
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/60736
Extent:52 pages
Is Version Of (URI):oai:sil.org:496
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:Payap Research and Development Institute and The Summer Institute of Linguistics
Spatial Coverage (ISO3166):TH
Subject:Bisu language
kinship systems
Subject (ISO639):bzi
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Person, Kirk R. 1999. Payap Research and Development Institute and The Summer Institute of Linguistics.
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