Language: Niuatoputapu


THE NIUATOPUTAPU WORDLIST BY JACOB LE MAIRE



Niuatoputapu
(Le Maire's spelling)
Niuatoputapu
(conventional Polynesian spelling)
English
tacij / taci
tasi
one
loua / loa
lua (or perhaps loa)
two
lima
lima
five
lickasoa
li kasoa
(the) corals
-ckasoa
kasoa
corals
li-
li
the (DEFINITE ARTICLE SINGULAR)



Comments (by Niklas Jonsson):

This word list is an extract of the Niuatoputapu wordlist collected in 1616 by Jacob Le Maire. As can be seen from the list the Niuatoputapu words for 'one' and 'two' have alternate original spellings which is perhaps due to the circumstance that Jacob Le Maire was not capable of rendering the Niuatoputapu sounds all that distinctly since they were not familiar to him. Therefore I have suggested a rendering of the words according to more conventional Polynesian spellings.

Author:
Jacob Le Maire

Transcribed by:
Nikls Jonsson

Editor:
Niklas Jonsson


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