Re: rotokas; practical syllabarology; et alia
|From:||Herman Miller <hmiller@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, June 17, 2004, 3:42|
Roger Mills wrote:
>>vi papapakepa voririva ipavira "You bought the airplane in the mountains."
> (Assuming papapakepa = airplane, I wonder if it's based on the word for
Not quite: "butterfly" is "kokopuo". But "papapakepa" does seem to be
the word for "airplane".
>>A lot of these seem like made up examples. It doesn't seem likely that
>>anyone ever said "you bought the airplane in the mountains."
> Perhaps more sensible than buying a boat in the mountains........
They do have an example "He bought the canoe with him up in the
mountains": "rera opuruva vorireva rerava ipavira". At first I read it
as "brought", but it's "bought" (which doesn't make much sense: what
does it mean to buy a canoe with him?)