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Ontong Java

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Introduction

Ontong Java is a language of Solomon Islands. It is spoken in Luangiua atoll, Lord Howe island, 210 km from Santa Isabel island. .

Dialects

Luangiua, Pelau. Similar to Sikaiana (See: Sikaiana), Takuu (See: Takuu), and Nukumanu (See: Nukumanu?) in Papua New Guinea.

The Ontong Java Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteeki, haa/àki/, uu
to blowmaili
to breathemaanava
to burnkuŋi
to buysui
to chewŋamuŋamu
to choosehili
to climbà'e
to comehā mai
to cookkao
to countpau/pau
to crykaŋi
to cut, hack'oki, sele, vahi
to die, be deadmake
to dig'eli
to dreammiki
to drinkuŋu
to eatài
to fallsiŋa
to fearmaka'u
to flowkahe
to flylele
to growkipu, somo
to hearloŋo
to hidemuŋi
to hitkaa, kuì, paa, paku
to holdkaohi
to huntkakaloko
to killkaa
to know, be knowledgeableailoa
to laughàka
to lie downka'oko
to live, be aliveola
to pound, beatkuì
to saykakala, meaʔe
to scratchla'u
to see'ike
to sewkui
to shootpihi
to sitŋoho
to sleepmoe
to sniff, smellvei/soŋi
to spitsaavale
to splitvahi
to squeezelomi
to stab, piercekalo, koʔi
to standuu
to stealailaiao
to suckmiki
to swellehula
to swimàu(àu)
to thinkhakaoko
to throwpesi
to tie up, fastengii, hau, ŋoa
to turnhakiʔe, huli
to walkhaele, hale
to vomitlua
to workheheaʔu
to yawn

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