LINGUIST List 27.3335

Fri Aug 19 2016

Disc: Use of Fictive Kinship Terms in Romantic Contexts

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <kenlinguistlist.org>


Date: 17-Aug-2016
From: Lucien Brown <lucienuoregon.edu>
Subject: Use of Fictive Kinship Terms in Romantic Contexts
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In Korean, the kinship term oppa 'older brother of a female' is frequently used in romantic contexts, i.e. by a woman to address her boyfriend, etc.

Although there is a large literature on the fictive or tropical use of kinship terms, I could not find any discussion of similar phenomena in other languages.

Are there any other languages or cultures in which it is commonplace for kinship terms to be used in romantic contexts?



Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
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