English Kinterms

We have been somewhat inaccurate in describing the above terminology as "English", since some of the kin terms used by modern English speakers are actually French loan words. In fact these borrowings follow a definite pattern:

This observation suggests that English once had a different terminological system,and that Modern English patterns, and in particular collateral merging, reflect semantic change. Accordingly, two issues emerge:

© Brian Schwimmer
University of Manitoba
Date Created: September 1997