Academic journal article Medium Aevum

German Kinship Terms (Yjo-Ijoo): Documentation and Analysis

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

German Kinship Terms (Yjo-Ijoo): Documentation and Analysis

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William Jervis Jones, German Kinship Terms (yjo-ijoo): Documentation and Analysts) Studia Lingüistica Germanica 27 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 1990). ISBN 3-11-012023-2. DM 124.

This study is conceived as a contribution to historical lexicology, investigating three different aspects of the German terminology of kinship terms. The first, treated in chapter 1, is a synchronic analysis, as an example of the stability and precision of early thirteenth-century kinship terminology, of the extremely elaborate system of kinship relationships in the Parçival and the Willehalm of Wolfram von Eschenbach. It is, I believe, correct to say that William Jervis Jones offers here, in addition to the family tree of the Grail and Arthurian families, the first diagrammatic representation of kinship relationships in Willehalm.

Chapter 2 is concerned with kinship terms in the Old and Middle High German glosses, and in the relevant late medieval vocabularies (Liber ordinis rerum, Vocabularius Ex quo). It offers a survey of the Latin nomenclature and its German equivalents (terms for kinship by descent, consanguinity and affinitas) and discusses the relationship between the vernacular glosses and their Latin lemmata.

In the third chapter the semantic development of eight selected lexemes (mâc, vriunt, niftel, neve, muome, base, oeheim, vetei) is documented and analysed, on the basis of an extensive collection of examples ranging from the earliest literary attestations to c. 1500.

In general the semantic development can be characterized as showing an increasing tendency to ignore traditional distinctions and to generalize the meaning of individual words. …

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