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Hawu

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Introduction

Hawu is a language of Indonesia. It is spoken in East Nusa Tenggara Province. Sawu and Raijua islands; 3 enclaves, 2 on Sumba island, Waingapu and Melolo areas; south central Flores island, Ende area. Others in Kupang city, Timor island. .

Dialects

Liae, Mesara (Mehara), Raijua (Raidjua), Seba (Heba), Timu (Dimu).

The Hawu Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitehiɓi
to blowta-tiu
to breatheheŋa
to burnta-tunu, varitai
to buyweli
to chewñami, mama
to chooseɓili, pili
to climbhae
to comedeka, mai
to cookhogo, méréa, toonoo
to countta-reke
to crykeruka, taŋi, ttanjee
to cut, hacketa, tte
to die, be deadmaate, made
to digkaʔi
to dreamni
to drinkneenawei, neeno-darao, ta-ŋinu
to eatgnaä, ta-ŋaʔa
to fall[me]nawu, buni, ta-bui, ttooe
to fearmedaʔu, tseeo
to flowmili, ri
to flylila
to growmuri, ramé
to hearreŋé, reŋi, roädeèloo
to hidehuni, tsoonne, wuni
to hitwoba
to holdemi
to hunttape hudi
to killtape made
to know, be knowledgeableia, tohi
to laughɗole, ta-mari
to lie downpahoro eni
to live, be alivemuri
to open, uncoverboke
to planthela, kuĵa
to pound, beatdaba
to sayané, li, ta-pedai
to scratchta-gai, ta-kao
to seehéléo, sillaèo
to sewĵaʔu
to shootta-wobe
to sitmejeɗi, midyadee
to sleepta-beji, tabudge, tbudje
to sniff, smellburu, kìssoo, tbunge, teɗé
to spitpainyee roo elloo, pe-ilu, pupu
to splitɓeka
to squeezeta-pue
to stab, piercehue, ta-teɓo
to standkeɗi, tidi
to steal[me]naʔo
to suckhepa, ta-muhi
to swellta-menjela
to swimta-naŋi
to thinkowé, peŋé
to throwhora, ta-daba, ta-nabe
to tie up, fastenɓoro, eki, ta-uje
to turnɓeli, ta-pote
to walkbéla, ta-kako, teaco, trai
to vomitmedu
to workta-jega, tao
to yawnmegau

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