Languages

Mekeo

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Introduction

Mekeo is a language of Papua New Guinea. It is spoken in Central Province, Kaiyuku district, inland, west boundary is Waima, east are Kuni (See: Kuni) and Kunimaipa (See: Kunimaipa?) language areas; into Gulf Province. .

Dialects

East Mekeo, Ninikani, North Mekeo, Northwest Mekeo (Kovio), West Mekeo. Dialects mutually unintelligible, except North and West Mekeo, but most Mekeo are reportedly familiar with neighboring dialects. Kovio not contiguous and is peripheral to other dialects. Lexical similarity: 81% between Kovio dialect and West Mekeo and North Mekeo dialects, 79% with East Mekeo, 87% between East and West Mekeo dialects.

The Mekeo Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitekafina
to blowpua
to breatheguga
to burnaga
to buyafa
to chewufa
to choosekinaga
to climb'agau
to comemai
to cookgaku
to countpauga
to cry'apepe
to cut, hackopia
to die, be deadmae
to digapia
to dreamnipi
to drinkinu
to eat'aniani
to fallufalai
to fearmani'i
to flowkipo
to flygopo
to growfauga
to hearaina logo
to hideau-vake, oge-vake
to hitauga
to holdafia
to huntkapukapu
to killau pugua
to know, be knowledgeablelogo
to laugh'a'a
to lie downkakipo
to live, be aliveagu
to open, uncoverpagalaisa
to plantfauga
to pound, beatauga
to sayifa
to scratch'a'i'ina
to seeisa
to sewkai|na
to shootmo ipitina
to sitagu
to sleepfeu
to sniff, smellfoga logo
to spit'upe
to splitfafa
to squeezefioka
to stab, piercefauga, o-ga
to standapa
to stealpainao
to suckguga
to swellufu
to swimgau
to thinkopola
to throwpiuga
to tie up, fastengope
to turnme'e
to walkpea
to vomit'uga
to workpinauga
to yawnaufa'a

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