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


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: talicati

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

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


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