Entries from Besnier 1981 in Pollex-Online

Besnier, Niko (1981). Tuvaluan Lexicon. Funafuti: United States Peace Corps.

Language Item Description
Tuvalu Agaaga mafai Hammerhead shark "Nukulaelae only"
Tuvalu Atu Bonito (Katsuwonus pelamis)
Tuvalu Ava A fish (Chanos chanos)
Tuvalu Fai manu Spotted Eagle Ray (Aetobatus narinari)
Tuvalu Fina To love very strongly...bject of desire or liking
Tuvalu F/foo Massage (n)
Tuvalu Kafakafa A common fish , mullet (Chelon vaigiensis)
Tuvalu Kamo Hunt birds by stealth; grab quickly, not necessarily steal...
Tuvalu Kapikapi Jellyfish sp.
Tuvalu Kau/aku I, first exclusive person singular clitic pronoun
Tuvalu Kee Second person singular clitic pronoun
Tuvalu Aa/ku, oo/ku Special coalesced form of possessive preposition and 1st person pronoun
Tuvalu Lape Fish spp.: Parrotfish (Scarus rubroviolaceus), Wrasse (Thalassoma hardwickei), Damselfish (Chromis cyanea)
Tuvalu Ana By him/her, clitic third person singular pronoun
Tuvalu Paatuki Hawkfish spp. (Cirrhitus pinnulatus, Paracirrhites arcatus)
Tuvalu Pone Surgeonfish spp. (Acanthurus gahhm, A.bleekeri, A.glaucopareius), Wrasse (Bodianus loxozonus)
Tuvalu Sele Trip someone
Tuvalu Taea Fish sp. (Lutjanus gibbus)
Tuvalu Tagafo Fish sp.: Cheilinus undulatus (mature) Phonologically Irregular
Tuvalu Taanifa Lizardfish (Saurida gracilis)
Tuvalu Tapatuu Barracuda sp.
Tuvalu Ulafi Fish spp. (Scarus spp.)
Tuvalu Valu (Gymnosarda unicolor)
Tuvalu P/poo Massage (v) [Nanumea, Nanumanga]
Tuvalu Ne Indefinite article plural (Southern dialects)
Tuvalu Kai Yet, ever (in interrogative or negative contexts) (Besnier 2000:486)
Tuvalu Umu Triggerfish (Balistoides spp.)
Tuvalu Laangai Surf board, or any board or raft used to play in water
Tuvalu Li/liko To stop (someone) verbally from doing something, call (someone) in order to prevent them from doing something
Tuvalu Mahagi To fly up, rebound; to clear away, as clouds from sky
Tuvalu P/pasa Inflamed, as a result of insect bite etc. To be red, raw (of flesh) (Jsn).
Tuvalu Soke(soke) Fish sp. (Trachinotus)
Tuvalu O Inalienable possessive preposition
Tuvalu A Alienable possessive preposition
Tuvalu Konei Here
Tuvalu Tau Second person singular possessive pronoun A-class, single object
Tuvalu Tena/tana Third person singular possessive, singular object. A-class optionally marked on /tana/. /tena/ is a neutralised form
Tuvalu Tou Second person singular, singular definite object, O-class possessive pronoun
Tuvalu Tona/tena /tena/ is the neutral form. 3rd person singular singular-definite object O-class possessive
Tuvalu Toku 1st person singular definite O-class possessive pronoun