The Gisu kinship system does not reflect the dominant lineage organization but stresses the division between gener ations and the lateral spread of kinship. There is no termin ological distinction between cousins or between siblings and cousins. In the parental generation there are four terms which refer to father (and his siblings of the same sex), mother and her same-sex siblings, father’s sister and mother’s brother. The terminology is widely extended, theoretically to all mem bers of Ego’s maximal lineage and the maximal lineages with which he is linked by kinship. In practice classificatory kinship is limited to minimal lineages.