An Australian kinship affix *-rti
David Nash

In various Australian languages there are one or two, sometimes more, kinship terms ending in -rti or -rtu. Comparative evidence is marshalled which bears on the historical question as to the endingUs source. The most likely possibility, that the ending derives from a pronominal suffix denoting propositus, receives best support from its occurrence in the Gulf language Mara, which in turn raises questions about the prehistory of the relevant linguistic groups.

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