S-Space College of Law/Law School (법과대학/대학원) The Law Research Institute (법학연구소) 법학 법학 Volume 44, Number 1/4 (2003)
여말선초의 친족의 칭호와 범위
The Structural principles of Kinship Terminology in the 12-15th Centuries Korea
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 법학연구소
- 법학, Vol.44 No.4, pp. 94-113
- This article is to inquire into the structural principles of kinship terminology
through analysing the kinship-terms found in the Kerim yusa(鷄林類事), the
Taming lui(大明律) and the Kyounguk taejon(經國大典: the National Code of the
Choson dynasty). It finds that the terms for kinship usually used from 14th to
early 15th centuries were traditional Korean ones and accepted Chinese kinship
principles were not operated.
In traditional system, Father(父), mother(母), Son(子), brother(弟) is elementary
terms and the complex ones are made by adding various limited terms to that.
So, the basic structural principles are the principle of distinguishing gender, ages
and generation. They did not have sense to distinguish family members by
But In 17th century, the Chinese family system and kinship principles adopted
earlier were used popularly and the Korean system became very similar to
Chinese one from that time.