rang de femme

English translation: rank of wife

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French term or phrase:rang de femme
English translation:rank of wife
Entered by: liz askew

18:28 Jul 24, 2008
French to English translations [PRO]
Genealogy / birth certificate, Laos
French term or phrase: rang de femme
A birth certificate in Laotian (or so the client would have me believe), lists the usual things like time and place of birth. Under the section for the mother, after her name, age, and occupation, the text reads "rang de femme." Does this indicate whether she was the first or second, etc. wife? Why is that important for the child? Inheritance reasons? This is a pre-printed form and I can't read the answers on my copy. The client says they are handwritten in very light ink. Thanks very much in advance.
Elizeth Labega
United States
Local time: 02:20
rank of wife
Explanation:
African Families and the Crisis of Social Change - Google Books Result
by Thomas S. Weisner, Candice Bradley, Philip ... - 1997 - Social Science - 369 pages
The mean values for the various types of houses by rank of wife, shown in the last column, support the hypothesis that rank of a wife is reflected in the ...
books.google.co.uk/books?isbn=0897894731...

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Note added at 13 hrs (2008-07-25 07:59:42 GMT)
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i.e. they don't all have the same status!
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liz askew
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:20
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rank of wife


Explanation:
African Families and the Crisis of Social Change - Google Books Result
by Thomas S. Weisner, Candice Bradley, Philip ... - 1997 - Social Science - 369 pages
The mean values for the various types of houses by rank of wife, shown in the last column, support the hypothesis that rank of a wife is reflected in the ...
books.google.co.uk/books?isbn=0897894731...

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Note added at 13 hrs (2008-07-25 07:59:42 GMT)
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i.e. they don't all have the same status!

liz askew
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:20
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Irene McClure:
6 mins

agree  Helen Shiner: very convincing
53 mins

agree  Robin Levey: Yes - considering that polygamy is legal in Laos - see http://www.ri.net/schools/East_Greenwich/Cole/laosfamily.htm... Hence the child's status will depend on his/her mother's position in the child's father's extended family.
1 hr

agree  myrden
3 hrs
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