A South Efate Dictionary by Nick Theiberger

By Nick Theiberger

This dictionary has been the made of collaborative paintings with a couple of audio system of the language of South Efate, significant Vanuatu. it really is a part of an ongoing undertaking that comes with the recording of news within the language, a range from that is produced as 'Natrauswen nig Efat.'

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Moon shells (general term). Naticidae. neu pron. 1) I, me. 2) my (1st person singular possessive). 3) for my benefit. nfa 1 n. plant, leaf used for wrapping laplap (kapu). Types include nfamiel, nfapram, nfaliu, nfamil. See: nrau 'leaf laplap'. nfa 2 n. tree with wood that burns very well, used to carve idols (natap). nfaato n. tree with fruit. Two types, one round, one long. The wood is used to make canoe paddles (nawes). The bark can be used for diabetes. Neisosperma oppositifolia. nfag n. sore, like a boil or similar sore on the skin.

See: manmun. nafitiawian n. old age. See: tiawi. nafkal n. battle, war. Selwan nlaun rupakruk rutae preg nafkal. When countries come together they can have big battles. nafkou n. messenger. afi nafkou pak Eton. You be the messenger to Eton. naflak n. clan. Note: you are in the same clan as your mother. You have to marry someone from another clan. Some clans no longer exist because of no children in the line. al a wild yam. The shoots don't follow the rope you put to train it. namkanr a plant which grows quickly, takes firm hold, but dies soon after; ntal taro, skin is a little bitter but the inside is good; nawi yam, these people control their feelings; wit, the octopus, who changes colour depending on its surroundings.

N. mangrove, a small kind of mangrove, used for house posts and for the crossbeam of a canoe that holds the outrigger. maus adj. half dry, to be. As of wood. me 1 conj. but; after; and. me 2 vintr. flood. meel n. shade, shadow. See: al. meer n. moth. mees adv. today. og. tonight. m! e l 1 vintr. float. el go uto tmalu raki Tangoa Santo. And when the high tide came in, and the boat floated and we left for Tangoa, Santo. m! e l 2 vintr. escape, slip out of one's hands, fall off. m! e lm! e l adj.

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