Issue 2.4, November 1987


Relationship terminology has no special status in telling us about social or- ganization or ideas about relationship: peoples with similar terminologies may organize themselves into groupings that are quite different from each other, and may have very different ideas about the internal connections of categories the terms construct. Yet since terminology provides a verbal-symbolic milieu within which social life takes place, it is worth exploring for the light it can shed on the shape of the thought it helps construct