AustKin is a large collaborative on-line database project, collating and comparing kinship terminology
from languages across Australia.
Six appendices provide regional census records from different time periods, Chaplinsky and Naukansky kinship terminology
, and a list of Chukotka and Saint Lawrence Island-based Yupik contributors, who in various capacities have added to the body of knowledge presented in the book.
She also describes a changing kinship terminology
with shifts in gendered meanings and usages especially in terms for children and spouses, along with a tendency for lineal terms to retain traditional Nahuatl usage.
Among the topics are the typology and history of kinship terms, comparative phylogenetic methods and the study of pattern and process in kinship, husband borrowing and the linguistic reconstruction of ancient Yukatekan marriage practices, the reconstruction of kinship terminology
in the Arandic languages of Australia, reconstructing proto-terms for "mother's father" and their transformations in Proto-Pana-Nyungan, and Warumungu kinship over time.
There is an excellent set of appendices covering naming conventions and kinship terminology
, Nyangumarta pronunciation, a glossary and a bibliography for further reading.
Hyponymy and Collaterality in Brunei Malay Kinship Terminology
Due to its juxtaposition of kinship terminology
with everyday practices of kinship and relatedness, this volume is an ethnographically rich and timely addition to "new kinship studies".
Recognition of kinship terminology
is important to how people relate to each other, particularly with the practice of teaching and learning related to roles and responsibilities associated through kinship systems.
In the discourses of early modern friendship, these "different kinds of kinship terminology
overlap and mix together in an apparently bewildering profusion" (103) that makes sense only if one sees friendship as itself a type of ritual kinship--kinship created by promise rather than blood.