Languages

Futuna-Aniwa

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Introduction

Futuna-Aniwa is a language of Vanuatu. It is spoken in West Futuna and Aniwa islands, east of Tanna. .

Dialects

Aniwa (Anewa), West Futuna (Fotuna). Significant differences between West Futunan and Aniwan dialects.

The Futuna-Aniwa Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitemangushia [maŋuʃia]
to blowhsau [sʰau], ifi/a, ifia
to breathehmava [ṃava], manava
to burntugi/a, tungia, tuŋ/tuŋia/
to buytakamata
to chewmaia, mama
to choosetusia
to climbfiji, fishi, kʰava
to comehmai [ṃai]
to cookhkavi, htunu, tao
to counttau/a, taua
to crytagi, tangi
to cut, hackmotu, saua, sere, tu/ia
to die, be deadmate
to digkeri/a, keria
to dreammiji, mishi [miʃi]
to drinkinu
to eatkai, kai kai, keina
to falltakaifo
to fearmataku
to flowsari/a, tafe
to flyrere
to growsomo, tupu
to hearrangona
to hidehmuni [ṃuni]
to hitjia [ǰia], paki, tuki
to holdkumia
to hunthmoshi [mcʃi]
to killjia ka mate
to know, be knowledgeableiroa
to laughkata
to lie downmoe
to live, be alivemouri
to open, uncoveratongia
to planthpura [pʰura]
to pound, beattuhtukia
to saytuku/a, tukua
to scratcharajia, arashia
to seesafea
to sewsukia, tui
to shootfana, fania
to sitbuku, nofo
to sleepmoeroa
to sniff, smellnamuia, soŋi
to spitsaavari-a, savari
to splitfasia, tapasi/a
to squeezekumkumia
to stab, piercesuki/a, sukia
to standtu
to stealʃiŋo
to suckumi/a, umia
to swellfura, hfura[fʰura]
to swimkau, kaukau
to thinkmanatu/nea, manatunea
to throwshiri, tsiri
to tie up, fastenfau/sia, rishia
to turntafuri
to vomith/lua/, hlua [ḷua], lua
to workfishikai
to yawn(h)mava

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