Languages

Molima

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Introduction

Molima is a language of Papua New Guinea. It is spoken in Milne Bay Province, Esa’ala district, west Fergusson island, Salakahadi, Ebadidi, and Ni’ubuo area inland villages; central west coast, Fagululu; central south coast, Molima. .

Dialects

Ai’alu, Tola’ai, Tosila’ai. Tola’ai most prominent; Ai’alu mainly spoken in Fagululu; Tosila’ai is from remote mountains and is shifting to Tola’ai. Lexical similarity: 56% with Dobu (See: Dobu).

The Molima Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteʔalas|ia
to blowloliloli, muʔwe
to breatheyawasi
to burngabu
to buygimwane
to chewʔuta
to choosevesinua
to climbvane
to comemai
to cookbude
to countsaʔwa
to crydoo, ʔauʔautoni
to cut, hacktala
to die, be deadʔaliga, lusi
to digtavi
to dreammadawala
to drinknuma
to eatʔai
to fallsawuta
to fearmatauta
to flowdau
to flyyewayewa
to growtupwana
to hearnowola
to hitʔau, gumu
to holdkapi
to killʔaumagaiya, wunu
to know, be knowledgeablemwalatoni
to laughvenama
to lie downʔeno
to live, be alivemaʔiyawayawasi-na
to open, uncovergege
to plantbagula
to pound, beatvile
to saywona[wona]
to scratchkalo
to seeʔita
to sewsaila
to shoottupu
to sittowa
to sleepʔeno
to sniff, smellyaso-ya
to spitgiligilisese, wewe
to splitdiʔaya, ʔilawata
to squeezebuyo
to stab, pierceʔedawa
to standtowolo
to stealʔaidebana, vanaw|ala
to suckʔamwagu
to swellbou
to swimʔayoʔayo
to thinknuanua-
to throwula
to tie up, fastenyowona
to walknao[nao]
to vomitmaiwa
to workpaisewa
to yawnlomwaova

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