Mussau-Emira

Facts

  • Language: Mussau-Emira
  • Alternate names: Emira-Mussau, Musao, Musau-Emira, Mussau
  • Language code: emi
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, St. Matthias
  • Number of speakers: 5000
  • Script:

Introduction

Mussau-Emira is a language of Papua New Guinea. It is spoken in New Ireland Province, Saint Matthias Islands, Mussau and Emira northwest of Kavieng; Port Moresby, Lae, Goroka, and Madang.

Dialects

Eastern Mussau, Emira, Southern Mussau, Western Mussau.

The Mussau-Emira Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitesamusamu-a
to blowkuukuu
to breatheinoa-na
to burnsulu-ia
to chewrame
to climbsae
to comekasu mai
to cooktuutuu
to countioi, ira
to cryagi aŋaŋŋala
to cut, hackisoi-ela, toai-e
to die, be deadmate
to digkaikai
to dreame asoasopoi
to drinkropi
to eatanamanama
to fallkatuu
to fearmatautu
to flye looloo
to growpiipinosa
to hearnoŋonoŋo
to hittumari-ela
to holdposoposo
to huntameti-ela
to killubi e mate ala
to know, be knowledgeablealomasaaŋa
to laughagi akaŋkaya
to lie downaso sio
to live, be alivema|maul|ue
to plantpasapasa
to sayauli-a, poa
to scratchkalokalo-a
to seetara
to sewsuli-ela
to shootsoai-ela, soasoa-la
to sittoka
to sleepasekanue
to sniff, smellŋusu
to spitkanusu
to splitsairi-el
to squeezepoposoa
to stab, piercesoai-ela
to standtiŋina
to stealainao
to sucke mumumu
to swellroŋo
to swimasaasa
to thinkninanna
to throwbelu-e
to tie up, fasteniri-la, nagi-ela
to turnkiriola
to walkkasukasu
to vomitlueki
to workuuŋu
to yawnmamma