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Sonsorol

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Introduction

Sonsorol is a language of Palau. It is spoken in Sonsorol, Pulo Anna, and Merir islands. .

Dialects

Merir, Pulo Anna, Sonsorolese. Significant linguistic differences between Tobian (See: Tobian?) and Sonsorolese; similar to or greater than differences between, e.g., Puluwatese (See: Puluwatese) and Namonuito (See: Namonuito?). 50% intelligibility of Woleaian (See: Woleaian), less with the remainder of the Trukic continuum. The Merir dialect has been reported to be extinct. Lexical similarity: 69% with Ulithian (See: Ulithian?).

The Sonsorol Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitekú-dú, kúdú-, kúkú, kútúkútú
to blowuku, wuugu
to breathengada, ŋada
to burnkúú
to buyparú-yerʊ́
to chewka-memee, ŋúú-tú, ŋúúŋú
to choosetiwerɛ
to climbtáu-, taú-(take), taútaú
to comepwi-
to cook(ka)-mété, mééta, métté, meté, pʷuka
to countpako, wetewet, wete-wetɛ
to crytangɪ, taŋi, taŋitaŋi
to cut, hacktada, tapa-tapa
to die, be deadmade, madɛ
to digkeni-ŋi, k-kenɪ
to dreamttana
to drinkúnú, únú-mi, únúmi-
to eatkangia, kaŋi, mʷaŋaú, mwangaʊ́
to fallpúngʊ́
to fearma-takú, matakʊ
to flowkilidɪ
to flyyanɪ, yani
to growkokoti, tumuna
to hearlongo-longo, loŋoloŋo
to hidemʷano, mwano
to hitwan-tú
to hold(ka)-masú, ka-mwasú
to killnii, nii-
to know, be knowledgeablekúna-a
to laughmmanɪ
to lie downwono-, wono-(tio), woro-
to live, be alivemaúlú, maúlʊ́
to open, uncoverduuki
to plantdato, datoki, dato-ki, dato-ko
to pound, beatdúú-dúʊ́, ppao
to saydolú, dolʊ́, kaʊ́
to scratchkelikelɪ, kelikeli, kkatú
to seeweli, weli-
to sewtei-di, tei-teɪ, teitei
to shootpweedɪ
to sitmaato, mato
to sleepmadúlú, madúlʊ́
to sniff, smellitakʊ́, tangʊ́, taŋú
to spitkutudɛ
to splittina-ngi, tina-ŋi
to squeezediŋiti, fiya-fiya, fiŋiti
to stab, piercetou, tou-toʊ, toutou
to standdúú, dúú-
to stealmwasoko, pila, piladú, piladʊ́, pilafa
to suckdo-dolo, tútú
to swellpʷoo, pwoo
to swimyada
to thinkmengi-a, meŋi, meŋimeŋi
to throwkase-di, kase-fi, ka-tingi
to tie up, fastendaúdaú, faúfaú, ka-mmwasʊ́
to turnwekɪ
to walkdatane, nako
to vomitmʷmʷuta, mwmwuta
to workfitekɪ
to yawnmaao

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