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Mortlockese

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Introduction

Mortlockese is a language of Micronesia. It is spoken in Mortlock Islands, southeast of Truk; Caroline Islands; Ponape island, lower Mortlock. Also in United States. .

Dialects

Lower Mortlock, Mid Mortlock, Upper Mortlock. 75% intelligibility of Puluwatese (See: Puluwatese), 18% of Satawalese (See: Satawalese), 8% of Woleaian (See: Woleaian). Lexical similarity: 80%–85% with Chuukese (See: Chuukese), 83% with Puluwatese, 82% with Satawalese, 81% with Carolinian (See: Carolinian), 78% with Woleaian, 72% with Ulithian (See: Ulithian?).

The Mortlockese Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitek:ʉw, kúú-(w), kúúkú
to blowiaŋijaŋ, wike-(y)
to breatheŋasarej, ŋasaŋas
to burn(a)-kú, fi:kej
to buykamɞ
to chewŋʉtej
to choosefɨlli:, filɛ, fili
to climbtɞ:kej
to comefit:o
to cook(ya)-mmoot, amw:o:ta, mʷoot
to countal:ɛanej, paa-ŋe
to crys:aŋ, sáŋ, sáŋisáŋ
to cut, hackpakku:w
to die, be dead
to digtowu
to dreamt:an
to drinkʉnʉmej
to eataŋɛ, aŋej, mwoŋo
to fallpʉŋʉtow
to fearme-sɛk, nuwɛtej
to flowpwu
to fly
to growfóól, fóólo-nɛ, mæ:r
to hearroŋ, roŋoroŋ
to hideo:pwola
to hittuku-u-(w), uʃi:
to holdamwaʃɞʉ
to hunttapwej
to killn:i:, nni
to know, be knowledgeablekúle-e-(y), kɨlej
to laughk:aj, kkay
to lie downiwel
to live, be alivemanaw, ma-nawa-(n)
to open, uncoversukej
to plantfato-ki, fɔtokej, ffót
to pound, beatúse, pʷpʷo, pwonej
to sayʉrɔ
to scratchaikér, aikarɛ, akarakarej
to seeweri, wɞrej
to sewte:j
to shootlɨkap:ɨʃej
to sitmóót, mwɔmw:ɔt
to sleep(kina)-mʷmʷe, maʉr, mawúr
to sniff, smelltéŋé-(w), təŋɞ:ʉ
to spitat:ɨf
to splitosej
to squeezefijej, fiye-(y)
to stab, piercetowu, ttowu
to standʉ:
to stealanʉf:a, mʷósho, púraf
to suckmɨtɨrej
to swellpʷoo, pwo
to swimjæ:
to thinkakiaki:, maŋimaŋɛ
to throwashe, atɨŋej
to tie up, fastenfɞ:tej
to turnkulula
to walkfétal, fatal
to vomitmʷmʷos, mw:os
to workaŋaŋ
to yawnma:w, maw

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