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

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