ē e preposition
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ēgōe eɣoə noun
PNCV*ʔavua
Fish
turtle, esp. a big sea turtle
ne kilē ēgōea turtle's carapace
ēke1 ekə subject prefix
ē + -ke
archto you: old form for ē nike, only preserved in a couple of idioms
Lōwie ēke!Thank you!
ēke2 ekə noun
POc*waᵑga(ŋ)
boat, ship; esp. outrigger canoe
ri ēkeaboard ship
n' ēke lilavea big ship
n' ēk' i gepënsailing boat
ne tarepi ēkethe hull of a canoe
Ge rav hur n' ēke rōw li pēgōone.They pulled their canoe down to the sea.
ēke hehue noun
paddling canoeoutrigger canoe
tëh n' ēke hehuecarve an (outrigger) canoe
📘 Usually shortened to ēke, and more often replaced with the Bislama loan kēnu.
synonymēke tëh
ēke tëh noun
carved canoeoutrigger canoe
synonymēke hehue
ēk' o noun
bamboo canoebamboo raft
📘 Traditionally, Torres islanders used to navigate on bamboo rafts more often than on outrigger canoes.
seeo4bamboo
ēke gevegave noun
flying shipairplane, aircraft
ēn̄we1 eŋʷə noun
<°umʷaPNCV*yumʷaPOc*Rumaq
house
ne hen̄wë rega tëhi n' ēn̄wetimber/planks for making a house
liō ēn̄we kiinside this house
l' en̄we minoin my house
ēn̄we ēt noun
house of sagotraditional house, thatched with sago leaves (opp. modern concrete houses)
ēn̄we revriëv noun
cooking houseseparate house equipped with a stone oven (lugu), and dedicated to the preparation of food; (mod) kitchen
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ēn̄we rōor noun
Christianity
holy housechurch
Noke na vēn na vivdë si l' ēn̄we rōor.I went to pray in the church.
ēn̄we mōo ???? noun
sickness househospital, dispensary
ēn̄we2 eŋʷə verb, transitive
POc*quma
Redupen̄wēn̄we
clear ‹a garden› for cultivation, by weeding and removing all growth
Nie ni vile hen̄were wureri nihe ge vēn ge en̄we ne lete.He took the children and they went to clear their garden.
en̄wēn̄we verb, intransitive
do some clearing in the bush, work in the garden
Dōr vēn ōr en̄wen̄we, dōr vēn ōr en̄we ne lete!Let's go gardening, let's go and clear our garden!
seemegmuguwork
ēpe epə noun
POc*qebal
mat woven with leaves of pandanus (hovog), used mainly as a mattress
vi ēpe minounder my mattress
📘 These mats are of higher value than coconut-leaf mats (tēpego), and are often used as presents.
seetiniēpebed
ēt et noun
POc*qatop
1sago palm treeMetroxylon warburgii.
2espsago leaves used in thatching; hence roof of house
vin ri ētup above the roof
ēn̄we ēt noun
sago housetraditional house, thatched with sago leaves (opp. modern concrete houses)
ēv
Averb, transitive
3sgēvie
cross ‹a limit›, go beyond ‹s.th.›
Nike tat ēv ne petpit pu pe v' in ne.initiation ritualsYou're not allowed to cross/to go beyond that ritual limit over there.
synonymlego
Bpostverb, transitive
3sgēvie
1after motion verb(move) over ‹a limit›
Nie tat vēn ēv ne pē.He's unable to cross [lit. go beyond] the river.
2after adjective(be such and such) more than ‹s.o. else›. Marker for comparative
Nie na pero ēvie nike.She's taller than you. [lit. she's tall surpasses you]
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ēve eβə
avePOc*sapa
Ainterrogative
what?
N' ēve?What is it?
N' ēve da wë nōk?What's [like] this?
Tëhi n' ēve?Why? What for?
SyntaxBehaves like nouns in all respects (in terms of article, possession, noun modifiers…). Some compound phrases take ave* instead of ēve.
hi n' ēve phrase
…or what?a common question tag
Nike tate metur urvë li qen̄, hi (të) n' ēve?You didn't sleep well last night, or what?
Bnoun
esp. in indefinite contextinanimate non-specific indefinite: a thing; anything; whatever
Tewë të nihe vën tat rak n' ēve taterihe…In case they don't perform the things (i.e. the rituals) properly…
Nike të we vēn ur n' ēve pe wë hen̄were tēmetō ve vuse.You'll have to obey whatever the elders may tell you.
N' ēve të noke si vese…What I can say…
📘 Non-specific, generic indefinite — opp. sega ‘a specific thing, something’.
synonymsi ave*
n' ēve pah proper noun
all thingseverything
Noke na lōlmerën ē n' ēve pah taveligë mē.I know everything about him.
ēwe ewə verb, transitive
carry ‹food+› on o.'s back using a shoulder pole
Kemi na ēwe ne vë gë si?What are you carrying (on your pole)?
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