Mele-Fila

Facts

  • Language: Mele-Fila
  • Alternate names: Fila-Mele, Ifara-Mele
  • Language code: mxe
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, East Fijian-Polynesian, Polynesian, Nuclear, Samoic-Outlier, Futunic
  • Number of speakers: 3500
  • Script:

Introduction

Mele-Fila is a language of Vanuatu. It is spoken in Efate, Mele village (over 2,000); Ifara island (1,000) (Lynch and Crowley 2001).

Dialects

Fila (Efira, Fira, Ifira), Mele. Significant differences between Mele and Fila.

The Mele-Fila Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitekati/a
to blowsau
to burntuugia
to choosefiri/a
to climbkake
to cooktao/na
to crytagi
to cut, hackfasi/a, kooti/a, sere/a, tuu/jia
to die, be deadmate
to dreammemiti
to drinkunu
to eatkai
to fearmataku
to flyrere
to growsomo, tupu
to hearro/rogo
to hidemumuni
to hitpaaki/a, saa-ia, ta/ia, tuki/a
to killta/ia
to laughkata
to lie downmoe
to pound, beattuki/a
to scratchkaru/karu
to sewtui/a
to sitnofo
to sleepmoe
to splittapasi/a
to stab, piercesuki/a, taaro/a
to standtuu
to stealkaiaa
to suckkoom/ia
to swellf/fura
to swimkau
to thinkmaanatu
to tie up, fastenfau/sia
to walksale
to vomitr/rua/
to yawn