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Language: Merei

Source/Author:  Chung, 2005 
Notes:  Chung (2005). A descriptive grammar of Merei (Vanuatu). Pacific Linguistics. Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies. The Australian National University.

Dialect of what Lynch & Crowley (2001) classify as the Central Santo, language, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu.

Voiced stops are prenasalised.
The word list in Chung (2005:64-71) seems to incorporate a consistent typographical error: orthographic <ng> for the velar nasal is regularly given there as non-initial /nŋ/. I have simplified this as /ŋ/. 
Data Entry:  Typed By: John Lynch  Checked By:  
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Classification:  Austronesian:Malayo-Polynesian:Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian:Eastern Malayo-Polynesian:Oceanic:Central-Eastern Oceanic:Remote Oceanic:North and Central Vanuatu:Northeast Vanuatu-Banks Islands:West Santo 
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ID: Word: Item: Annotation: Cognacy: Loan:
1 hand lma   1  
2 left marau   2  
3 right adiadi   53?  
4 leg/foot vese      
5 to walk ruruwai (i) 25  
5 to walk aliali (ii) 63  
6 road/path sala   1  
7 to come sio|ma   1  
7 to come sa|ma   1  
8 to turn word info borsin   15?  
9 to swim gar   5  
10 dirty manai|ja      
11 dust manai|fsoa   83?  
11 dust vusivusi   10  
12 skin uru   1, 80  
13 back word info tau   12  
14 belly tia   1  
15 bone sui   52  
16 intestines tali   76  
17 liver mabe   7  
18 breast susu   1  
19 shoulder bil   38  
20 to know, be knowledgeable tau|vin   1  
21 to think domdom   13  
22 to fear matau   1  
23 blood dai   1  
24 head bat   9  
25 neck dolo   42  
26 hair word info manai|vul   31  
27 nose ŋasu   1, 58  
28 to breathe maŋamaŋa   47, 75  
29 to sniff, smell bonai (i) 42  
29 to sniff, smell ŋuru (ii) 32  
30 mouth tsiŋo   55  
31 tooth udu   18  
32 tongue meme   7, 41  
33 to laugh uru   13  
34 to cry ŋara   5  
35 to vomit lua   8  
36 to spit loto   37  
37 to eat anian   1  
38 to chew word info      
39 to cook word info      
40 to drink gogo   54  
41 to bite at   1, 55  
42 to suck taim   51?  
43 ear boro   16  
44 to hear roŋoin   1  
45 eye mata   1  
46 to see taron   87  
47 to yawn      
48 to sleep malabo   60, 92  
49 to lie down word info      
50 to dream      
51 to sit tada   84  
52 to stand turu   2, 69  
53 person/human being tese      
54 man/male taudu   22, 85  
55 woman/female lepne   1, 73  
56 child nat   5  
57 husband taudu = man 18, 40  
58 wife lepne = woman 5, 96  
59 mother rabui   54, 47  
60 father tama   1  
61 house mal   30  
62 thatch/roof      
63 name ese   1, 41  
64 to say varavara   30  
65 rope vuiyas   58, 65  
66 to tie up, fasten pes   32  
67 to sew word info tulu   60  
67 to sew word info tulatula   30  
68 needle      
69 to hunt word info jurpes      
70 to shoot word info      
71 to stab, pierce tui   14  
71 to stab, pierce oti      
72 to hit word info abot   91  
73 to steal      
74 to kill raswum      
74 to kill pti   72  
75 to die, be dead mate   1  
76 to live, be alive tabei   59  
77 to scratch word info garum   59  
78 to cut, hack word info tevei   40  
79 stick/wood wuiau   29  
80 to split word info poso   4  
81 sharp mat   1?  
82 dull, blunt      
83 to work word info vauma   1  
84 to plant      
85 to choose      
86 to grow word info      
87 to swell word info bure   7  
88 to squeeze word info viris   16  
89 to hold word info gau      
90 to dig el   1  
91 to buy      
92 to open, uncover      
93 to pound, beat word info      
94 to throw word info blei   86  
95 to fall word info jop   51  
96 dog pes   72  
97 bird manno   1  
98 egg slei   1?  
99 feather vul   1  
100 wing rara   63  
101 to fly sale   31  
102 rat arif   18  
103 meat/flesh masau   85  
103 meat/flesh viso   10  
104 fat/grease maŋis      
105 tail vidi   30  
106 snake marta   12, 64  
107 worm (earthworm)      
108 louse word info ut   1  
109 mosquito tsiŋo   81  
110 spider tatalbara = spider web    
111 fish matsi   53  
112 rotten word info nut   92  
113 branch word info      
114 leaf manai|rau   1  
115 root ora   2, 41  
116 flower vsuiyau   53  
117 fruit vona   1, 26  
118 grass balis   1  
119 earth/soil movortanno   1  
120 stone sule   19  
121 sand bonaivus      
122 water word info bei   28  
123 to flow vravra   31  
124 sea tas   1  
125 salt manai|solo solo a Loan?   L?
126 lake tubu      
126 lake lamma   8  
126 lake paloai      
127 woods/forest laduluau      
128 sky laŋot   1?  
129 moon vla   1  
130 star vit   1  
131 cloud word info lobolobo   95, 96  
132 fog lobolobo = cloud 65  
133 rain usa   1  
134 thunder biriŋ   80  
135 lightning vilei   26  
135 lightning jirekara      
136 wind sisil      
137 to blow word info sis   60  
138 warm word info      
139 cold word info maril   1  
140 dry word info goru   29  
141 wet menmedin   35  
142 heavy buŋa   34  
143 fire moriabu   19  
144 to burn word info sului   4  
145 smoke word info asu   2  
146 ash batmorsoa      
147 black boŋboŋtub   9  
148 white vso   94  
149 red kara   53  
150 yellow majinna   71  
151 green barobaro      
152 small takir   104  
153 big toronna   48  
154 short word info but   9  
155 long word info barap   16, 85  
156 thin word info seiseina      
157 thick word info bloblono   35  
158 narrow takir = small 22?  
159 wide seiseina = big    
160 painful, sick rojo   32  
161 shy, ashamed      
162 old word info varese   123  
163 new vavun   1, 46  
164 good mamasa   57  
165 bad, evil logologo **logologo 102  
166 correct, true bos      
166 correct, true mamasa      
167 night boŋ   1  
168 day ran   6  
169 year tauon   1  
170 when? word info nansa   1, 43  
170 when? word info annaŋsa   1, 43  
171 to hide word info      
172 to climb word info      
173 at la   2  
174 in, inside laloloi   1  
175 above -sa- directional 25  
176 below -sio- directional    
177 this na- close to speaker 1  
177 this get- close to speaker and hearer 6?  
178 that gata- close to hearer    
178 that ani- not visible 1?  
179 near tevui   58  
180 far leva      
181 where? word info avea   3, 35  
182 I innau   1, 21, 22  
183 thou iŋo   1, 17  
184 he/she nie   1, 6  
185 we word info ide incl. 1  
185 we word info iŋammau excl. 2  
186 you iŋammi   1, 13  
187 they ire   1, 70  
188 what? word info sava   1  
189 who? word info ise   1  
189 who? word info isavau   1  
190 other nono   59  
191 all      
192 and peseri   32  
193 if vai   5?  
194 how? word info paleiniave      
195 no, not merei   32  
196 to count ep   70  
197 One word info ese   31, 1  
198 Two word info ruwa   1  
199 Three word info tolu   1  
200 Four word info vat   1, 65  
201 Five word info lima   1  
202 Six word info maravo   35  
203 Seven word info ravorua   13?  
204 Eight word info raptol   5, 7  
205 Nine word info raitat   20  
206 Ten word info saŋavul   5  
207 Twenty word info ŋavul-rua   9  
208 Fifty word info      
209 One Hundred word info lavul   23?  
210 One Thousand word info      

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