va βa
v-ag βaɣ
vage βaɣə
vagelë βaɣəlɛ
vagerēt βaɣəret
vage-rue βaɣərʉə
vagetuwē βaɣətʉwe
vahē βahe
vahgir βahɣir
vahligōr βahliɣor
vahn̄ēm βahŋem
valag βalaɣ
vare βarə
varehur βarəhʉr
varen̄wet βarəŋʷət
varetu βarətʉ
vave βaβə
vaw βaw
1 βɛ interrogative
<°a-βea
where?
Ne venie mi kemi na in vë?Where is your country?
Na vēn si vë?greeting formulaWhere are you coming from?
Të we vēn vë?greeting formulaWhere are you going?
Nike na te vë?Where are you from?
MorphologyThis short form is restricted to the adverbial position. In stressed positions (predicate, focus, contrastive structures), a longer form evë is normally used.
vë-mi βɛmi
vën βɛn
vërgage βɛrɣaɣə
vërgōr βɛrɣor
vërkari βɛrkari
vërole βɛrɔlə
vër-rav βɛrraβ
vërvegol βɛrβəɣɔl
vërvelēh βɛrβəleh
vërwulime βɛrwulimə
vëtur βɛtʉr
βe
vēiag βeiaɣ
vēiu βeiʉ
vēn βen
vēngë βenɣɛ
vēnil βenil
vēnvēn βenβen
ve βə
veg βəɣ
vegelale βəɣəlalə
vegevage βəɣəβaɣə
vehē βəhe
velag βəlaɣ
velē- βəle
vele βələ
velvelag βəlβəlaɣ
velvil βəlβil
velvilë βəlβilɛ
venēg βəneɣ
veniē βənie noun, relational
1sgne veniēk3sgne veniēne
village, island, country of ‹s.o.›
veniēde kikehere in our country
main entryvenie
venie1 βəniə
venie2 βəniə venue noun
POc*panua
socialised space, territory of a human community
1village (vs. gëwōn ‘bush, wild space’)
Dege mi ne deda lewō li venie.We are having a feast in the village.
synonymmetëvenie
2island
vol-venie pah ē ne v-ag togeall islands to the south
net venie noun
baby islandislet, small island
Nihe ve tog' ē net venue sise.They lived on a small islet.
3country, state
Venielave Vəniəlaβə locative
MotaVanua Lava
Geography
Vanua Lava, major island of the Banks group, southeast of the Torres
Merawehih ni vēn dën ne Gawe vēn Venielave.M. went from Gaua to Vanua Lava.
veni-k βənik
venin βənin
venone βənɔnə
venue βənʉə
venvēn βənβen
venvine βənβinə
ven̄ën βəŋɛn
ven̄kë βəŋkɛ
ven̄ode βəŋɔʈᶳə
verak βərak noun
<°βaraᵑge
Bot
1Ankle rattle tree, bsl. NalakePangium edule.
Music
2ankle rattles used in traditional dancing
verë βərɛ
verē βəre
verē-k βərek
vere βərə
verië βəriɛ
veroqëtlēn̄we βərɔkʷɛtleŋʷə noun
qët-lēn̄wedrumstick
Music
“shelter for musicians”: a provisional shelter made of wood and leaves, erected in the middle of the dancing area (ne hare) while performing such dances as ne wēt, and designed to cover (or hide) the group of musicians pounding the percussion board (ne mēlepup)
Ge vēn delgët ne veroqëtlēn̄we vage vehē.(The dancers) turned several times around the musicians' shelter.
📙 Cet usage est propre aux îles Torres.
📘 This usage is specific of the Torres isles.
seehewa
verue βərʉə
verueiën βərʉəiɛn
vervërvehë βərβɛrβəhɛ
ver-veriëg βərβəriɛɣ
ververiër βərβəriɛr
vese βəsə vuse
<°βetiaMotavetsay, speak+
Averb, intransitive
speak
Kemi ge vuse të!Come on, speak!
synonymvegevage
Bverb, transitive
say, tell ‹s.th.› (to s.o., hi; that, ); utter, declare+
vese ne vërgageutter rude words
Të we vese ne mesale hi noke.I want you to show me the way.
Na mesiu, noke tat vese.It's a secret, I'm not allowed to say it.
Nike na vese n' ēve si hivie?What did you tell him?
Merawehih ni vese hi heqere tegtegine të: “Na gëwie.”M. said to his brothers: “It's wonderful.”
vese laqe verb, transitive
say spring-outtalk suddenly, i.e. thoughtlessly
Nie ni vese laqe, ni vese të “Na gëwie.”[say spring-out] Without hesitation he said “Okay”.
vese n̄woh verb, transitive
say take-offsay definitely, declare with certainty
Dege tat ho vese n̄woh të Merawehih na toge vë.We are not able to tell exactly where M. used to live.
vesi βəsi noun
POc*pituqun
Astronomy
star
synonymvit
vesi oh noun
smoky starname of a constellation characterised by cloudy stars
vet βət
vetël βətɛl
vetënie βətɛniə
vete βətə
vetel βətəl
veteliën βətəliɛn
veteno βətənɔ
vetgë βətɣɛ
vetnin βətnin
vetōg βətoɣ
vetvetōg βətβətoɣ
vevërur βəβɛrʉr
vevët βəβɛt
veviëv βəβiɛβ
vewie βəwiə
vi βi
viden̄ër βiʈᶳəŋɛr
viën βiɛn
viēne βienə
vie βiə
vil βil
v-il βil
vilëhe βilɛhə
vile βilə
vilse βilsə
vin βin
vingë βinɣɛ
vingengën βinɣənɣɛn
vinie βiniə
vin-tuqe βintʉkʷə
vinvin βinβin
vir βir
vire βirə
vit1 βit noun
POc*pituqun
Astronomy
star
ne si vitcomet
Nihe g' itë weren̄o ne vit ve herhër ri melige, nihe v' it vegelale ne mesale mēhe mēqu.at seaJust by watching the stars shining in the sky, they would recognise their itinerary.
synonymvesi
vit2 βit
vitë βitɛ
vivde βiβʈᶳə
vo βɔ
vol βɔl
volgë βɔlɣɛ
volmowe βɔlmɔwə
vol-qen̄ βɔlkʷəŋ
vot βɔt
vōhō βoho noun
Insect
a small nocturnal flying ant, which grows wings at some point of its development
vōhō rōw noun
flying vōhōthe same insect, once it has grown its whitish wings
📘 These nocturnal flying ants come by the thousands at certain times of the year, especially around January. Their appearance marks the end of the planting season for yams.
ne vōhō rōw tuwtōw proper noun
Astronomy
the Flying-ant that comes firstname of a star, which appears in the morning before Venus (talemerën)
vōrwiēne βorwienə
vuse βʉsə