Languages

Kowiai

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Introduction

Kowiai is a language of Indonesia. It is spoken in West Papua Province, Keroi, Adijaya, Namatota, and Kayumerah villages. Bomberai peninsula, southwest coast; Kamrau bay area; Kaimana. Namatote, and Adi islands, smaller islands in bay. .

Dialects

Adijaya, Keroi, Namatota.

The Kowiai Verb

Sample Verbs

to bite-ara', -rofa
to blow-útun
to breathe-sa'a la'esa
to burn-taláf
to buy-manggúr
to chew-mama
to choose-pil
to climb-nyata, -sa'a
to comeba', -fa'
to cook-tat
to count-re'un
to cry-tagis
to cut, hack-go'
to die, be dead-máta
to dig-'ári'
to dream-sasúfa
to drink-in
to eat-'a yeta
to fall-dai
to fear-matatu'
to flow-buswér
to fly-tif
to grow-súbun
to hearbanonggar, -fanonggar
to hide-fafúran
to hit-bába', -fun
to hold-on
to hunt-bégat
to kill-fun i namáta
to know, be knowledgeable-ru'
to laugh-marif
to lie down-'enan
to live, be aliverúga
to open, uncover-fir
to plant-swen
to pound, beat-tu'
to saybo'ot, -fi'fart, -fo'ot
to scratch-áru'
to see-'it, -sefa
to sew-sígat
to shoot-tun
to sit-matóran
to sleep-'enan
to sniff, smell-mus, -sagala
to spitnaʔanis
to split-fáwas
to squeeze-óbas
to stab, pierce-ta'
to stand-marír
to steal-faréus
to suck-fai toba'
to swellnafafótan
to swim-lagur
to think-fi'ir
to throw-faré
to tie up, fasten-rébat, -sáut
to turn-faran
to walk-táng
to vomit-arwe'
to work-'arjang
to yawn

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