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Pijin

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Introduction

Pijin is a Creole language spoken in the Solomon Islands. It is closely related to Tok Pisin of Papua New Guinea; Bislama of Vanuatu; and Torres Strait Creole of the Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia and is written in the Latin alphabet.

The verb

Transitive verbs are distinguished from intransitive verbs by a specific suffix: -m, -em, -im, or -um.

There are a few exceptions to this, such as save 'to know'. A few trasitive verbs may occur with or without a transitive suffix, such as torowe and torowem 'throw away''.

There are a number of Pijin verbs which have both transitive and intransitive forms:

  • fitim and fit
  • lukim and luk
  • hipim ap and hip ap
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