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Kin, Clan and Community in Indo-European Society

This book analyses the latest trends in Indo-European studies, combining linguistic study with insights from archaeology, anthropology and genetics in an attempt to shed new light on the social structure of the pastoralist society of Proto-Indo-European speakers.

An introduction on the benefits of approaching Indo-European studies from an anthropological angle precedes nine chapters representing the book’s two parts: one on kinship terminology and family structure, and one on wooing and marriage.

Part one includes a lengthy overview of Proto-Indo-European kinship terminology, as well as five chapters on individual branches: Anatolian, Avestan, Latin, Germanic and Albanian. Part two comprises a chapter on consanguinity and marriage in early Indo-European societies, one on Anatolian marriage and marriage types, and one on the processes and rites related to wooing.

Together, these form the first study of Indo-European family structure to draw on linguistics, archaeology and genetics, an important contribution to our understanding of how social and family structures developed in prehistoric and early historic times.

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Table of Contents

Preface 20

Veronika Milanova
Indo-European kinship terms as an interdisciplinary topic 23

Birgit Anette Olsen
Kin, clan and community in Proto-Indo-European society 39

Matilde Serangeli
Kinship terms in the Anatolian languages 181

Miguel Ángel Andrés-Toledo
Avestan kinship terms and the ninefold division of the Avestan family 219

Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead
Family structures in Rome 233

Bjarne Simmelkjær Sandgaard Hansen
Primary kinship terms in Germanic 361

Adam Hyllested
First-degree kinship terms in Albanian 397

Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead
Consanguinity and marriage in some early Indo-European cultures 423

Matilde Serangeli
Marriage in Hittite Anatolia 475

Michael Janda
Wooing in Indo-European culture 499

Bibliography 515

Index verborum 569

Index rerum 605

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