Zabana

Facts

  • Language: Zabana
  • Alternate names: Kia
  • Language code: kji
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Western Oceanic, Meso Melanesian, New Ireland, South New Ireland-Northwest Solomonic, Santa Isabel, West
  • Number of speakers: 3360
  • Script:

Introduction

Zabana is a language of Solomon Islands. It is spoken in Santa Isabel island, Samasodu southwest to Kia village, northeast to Baolo village.

Dialects

Borrowings from Roviana (See: Roviana). Most similar to Cheke Holo (See: Cheke Holo).

The Zabana Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteɣanini
to blowufu
to breathehihiŋɔ
to burnsaliga
to climbvona
to comemeha
to counttahɔ
to crynakele
to cut, hacktaraha
to die, be deadleme
to dighara, tɔha, zɔe
to drinkketuhu
to eatmahai
to fallriufu, zɔɣu
to fearmamaɣu
to flowɔrɔ, kɔtɔrɔ
to flyalava
to hearnɔnɔmɔhɔ
to hitbɔtai, ruzai
to holdpɔpɔsi, pɔsini
to huntzɔrapa
to killvalemei
to know, be knowledgeableavɔhi
to laughpaɣɔ̄
to lie downepu hinae
to live, be alivedɔli
to saykahei
to scratchkanɔ̄
to seefifini
to sewpitipitini, tena
to sitnɔhe
to sleepepu
to sniff, smellhuraŋi
to spitkakamisu
to splitpaisini
to squeezepirikini
to stab, piercezɔe
to standtetu
to stealsisikɔ
to suckputi
to swellbɔku, pɔte
to swimzaha
to thinkŋaŋana
to tie up, fastenpiligai
to turnfihiki
to walkɣaɣahe
to vomitmumuti
to workriva
to yawn