Puquina kin terms

A. Mossel, N. Q. Emlen, Kerke S. van de, W. F. H. Adelaar

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The Puquina language, which was spoken in the South-Central Andes until the early nineteenth century, is documented in just one missionary text published in 1607. This has made it difficult to describe the language with much precision. In this chapter, we present a new picture of the Puquina kinship system, based on a close analysis of a passage regarding the sixth commandment (dealing with sexual relations among family members). The terms that emerge from this analysis are distinguished by gender of ego, and are suggestive of a bifurcate merging kinship system, similar to the Quechuan and Aymaran systems. In addition to its descriptive contribution, this analysis may help develop an ethnohistorical picture of Puquina speakers in pre-colonial Andean society.
Originele taal-2English
TitelMissionary Linguistic Studies from Mesoamerica to Patagonia
RedacteurenAstrid Alexander-Bakkerus, Rebeca Fernández Rodríguez, Liesbeth Zack, Otto Zwartjes
Plaats van productieLeiden
Aantal pagina's21
ISBN van elektronische versie978-90-04-42700-6
ISBN van geprinte versie978-90-04-42460-9
StatusPublished - 2020
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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NaamBrill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture

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