Languages

Paama

Fact corner

  • Language: Paama
  • Alternate names: Paama-Lopevi, Pauma, Paamese
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:pma
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian,
    Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, North and Central Vanuatu, Northeast Vanuatu-Banks Islands, East Vanuatu
  • Number of speakers: 6,000
  • Script: Latin script

Introduction

Paama is an Austronesian language spoken the following parts of Vanuatu: Paama, one village on east Epi (Lopevi), a large group in Vila.

The Verb

  • Tha Paama verb is conjugated in person and number by means of short pronouns.
  • Mood is shown by the use of introductory words.
  • Tense is shown partly by changes in the initial of word-base, partly by prefixed particles, and partly by change in the short preceding pronoun.

Sample verb: hiseni

INDICATIVE
Future Past/Indefinite
Sg.1 ni piseni na, no piseni
Sg.2 ki piseni ko piseni
Sg.3 he piseni kei, e piseni
Pl.1 (inclusive) ri piseni re, ro piseni
Pl.1 (exclusive) me he piseni me piseni
Pl.2 mi he piseni mi piseni
Pl.3 i piseni a, o piseni

Click a Paama verb to conjugate them in the table above!

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