Languages

Tanna, Southwest

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Introduction

Tanna, Southwest is a language of Vanuatu. It is spoken in Southwest Tanna island. .

Dialects

Narpaimene, Nowai, Siporo, Vaha. Complex dialect chain (Wurm and Hattori 1981).

The Tanna, Southwest Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteas
to blowhel, kəlkəl
to breatheehlaŋ
to burnas, vaan
to buyvah nəml-n
to chooseomwhen
to climbhakta
to comeua
to cookvikən
to countavhekən
to cryeau
to cut, hackəlai
to die, be deadmha
to digkəl
to dreaməmələlha
to drinknum
to eataan
to fallməl
to fearŋən
to flowaiu
to flyiva
to growpnaal
to hearələŋ
to hideelkwaiŋ
to hituh
to holdvah
to huntea|pən
to killhuopnii
to know, be knowledgeableləkwun
to laughaalh
to lie downəməl
to live, be alivemlaŋh
to open, uncoverasəktaa
to plantsu
to pound, beatəsianəsian
to sayni
to scratchaki
to seeaam
to sewlhi
to shootasək
to sitakwəta
to sleepapəl
to sniff, smellələŋ
to spitelŋaavh
to splitaləplaai
to squeezeəvtete lakən
to stab, piercehai
to standalel
to stealaklhakən
to suckamwha
to swellesiis
to swimal
to thinkləki-n l-uh
to throwalukən
to tie up, fastenəlkəs
to turnoklhekən
to walkeliuok
to vomitlua
to workasim
to yawn

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