Family/Kinship words (continued)
Representing kinship relations
Talking about these relations can result in long strings of words:
mother’s father’s sister’s daughter’s daughter….. So the
AUSTKIN database uses a system of a shortcuts or abbreviations.
These are usually based on the first letter of the relationship
An exception is the case where two terms start with the same letter.
Then we use S for ‘son’ but Z for ‘sister’.
So your mother’s father’s sister’s daughter’s daughter is your
Another way of representing relationships is through a kinship tree. Below is the type of tree used in the AustKin database.
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