Languages

Woleaian

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Introduction

Woleaian is a language of Micronesia. It is spoken in Woleai (Wottegai), Falalus, Seliap (Sulywap), Falalop (Falalap), Tegailap (Tagalap), Paliau, Mariang, Eauripik, Faraulep, Elato, Lamotrek, and Ifaluk islands; east Caroline Islands. The first 5 listed are inhabited. 22 islands total, Yap State. .

Dialects

Lamotrek, Woleaian. 84% intelligibility of Satawalese (See: Satawalese), 81% of Ulithian (See: Ulithian?), 50% of Sonsorol (See: Sonsorol), very low of Puluwatese (See: Puluwatese) and Chuukese (See: Chuukese). Lexical similarity: 88% with Satawalese (See: Satawalese) and Carolinian (See: Carolinian), 82% with Puluwatese (See: Puluwatese), 80% with Ulithian (See: Ulithian?), 78% with Mortlockese (See: Mortlockese), 75% with Chuukese (See: Chuukese).

The Woleaian Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitegúúgúú, geigei, giu-giu, giu-wa, kúkkú
to blowpéépéé, uguu-a, uguugu
to breatheng-ngasa, ŋaseŋase
to burnfisng-egɪ, gúú
to buyk-ka-meo
to chewlúúlúú, lúúlúú-(we), ngiu-, ŋú-ti-i
to chooseffili, fili-(i), filiɪ
to climbtéé, téé-(tage), téégiɪ
to comebuu-, too-
to cook(ga)-met, (ga)-mett, buga-a, ga-metaa, mette
to countpaapaa, paa-paa, watewate, wate-watɛ, weta-gi-(i)
to crytangɪ, taŋi, taŋiteŋi
to cut, hackgopii-ya, tafatafe, tepa-giɪ
to die, be deadmase, masɛ
to diggelɪ, keli, keli-ŋi-(i)
to dreamttala, ttale
to drinkúlú, úlú-ma-(le), úlú-mi-(i), iulɪʊ, iuliumiɪ
to eatgangiɪ, gaŋi-(i), mʷoŋoo, mwongoo
to fallmʷoro, mʷoromʷoro, p-piungɪʊ
to fearme-tagú-(ú), metagʊ
to flowheļ, seetɪ
to flyyalɪ, yali
to growchi, fagola-(a), fagole, fasa, tumwula
to hearrongo-rongo, roŋoroŋ
to hidemwalo, yope, yopɛ
to hittugu, wau-ti-a, wishii-ya
to hold(ge)-mʷashú-(ú), (ge)-mʷashú-(ú-we), ge-mwmwashiu-a
to huntshagee-ya
to killlii-(ye), lii-li, lii-ya, ninnii-(ye), nnii
to know, be knowledgeablegile, giula-a
to laugh(ge)-fase, ffasa, ffase, mmalɪ
to lie downwolo, wolo-
to live, be alivemaiurɪʊ, melawa, me-lawe
to open, uncoversuugiɪ, waa-(ruu), waawaa
to plantfato, fato-gi-(i), fato-giɪ, fato-go, ffato
to pound, beatbboo, bboo-li-(i), pwpwoo, súgú-ú, siugiu-siugɪʊ
to saygaaɪʊ, serú, serɪʊ
to scratchgeri-gerɪ, gerigeri, kkéétú
to seeweri, weriɪ, weriweri
to sewteetee, teeteɛ, tee-ye, ti-gi-(i)
to shootpakkɪ
to sitmatto
to sleepmasúrú, masiurɪʊ, mʷmʷe
to sniff, smellngiuri-a
to spitkutʊ, ma-ttipi, ma-ttipi-(ye)
to splitpagiu-a, tile-ngiɪ, tile-ŋi-(i)
to squeezefiya-(a), fiya-a, fiyefiye
to stab, piercetogatoge, tou-toʊ, toutou
to standsúú, siu-
to stealmʷashogo, mwashogo, pira-a, pirafa, pirafe
to sucksoro-
to swellboo, booboo
to swimyafa, yafe
to thinkmangi-a, maŋi-i-(ye), maŋimeŋi, yagi-(le), yagi-yagi, yagiyegi
to throwgashe-e-(ye), te-ttara
to tie up, fastenfééféé, féé-ti-(i), geogeo
to turnsape, sossor
to walkfetale, lago
to vomitmʷmʷute, mwmwuta
to workyengaanga
to yawnmóó-(li-gatelú), moa-li-gatelɪʊ

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