Corresponding avoidance and everyday words are generally not linguistically related. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Today the practice continues in many communities, but has also come to encompass avoiding the publication or dissemination of photography or film footage of the deceased as well. Views Read Edit View history. There is also the tradition of avoiding reference to the names of people who have died during the mourning period as a mark of respect  —and also because it is considered too painful for the grieving family. For some tribes, avoidance relationships are extended to other family members, such as the mother-in-law's brother in Warlpiri or cross-cousins in Dyirbal. In Guugu Yimidhirr the avoidance speech verb bali-l "travel" covers several everyday verbs meaning "go", "walk", "crawl", "paddle", "float, sail, drift", and "limp along". The avoidance period may last anywhere from 12 months to several years. The lexicon , however, tends to be smaller than in normal speech since the styles are only used for limited communication.