Entries from Elbert 1975-81 in Pollex-Online

Elbert, S. H. (1975-81). Dictionary of the Language of Rennell and Bellona. Copenhagen, The National Museum of Denmark.

Language Item Description
Rennellese ʔAti gongo Tell
Rennellese ʔAti Pile or heap up; construct (as a house or road)
Rennellese ʔAti/kaki To get larger, as a fire
Rennellese ʔAtiahi Faggot, as for carrying fire when matches are not available
Rennellese ʔAto Thatch, to thatch
Rennellese Atu Distance away from speaker and addressee
Rennellese ʔAtu Probhably bonito but usually called sau
Rennellese ʔAtu Row, column, group (as of islands)
Rennellese ʔAtu hano Ancestral line, patrilineal of matrilineal; to follow generations later
Rennellese ʔAtu/ʔatu Thank for a gift Problematic
Rennellese ʔAtua God, spirit, deity, worship
Rennellese Au First person singular pronoun (Focus)
Rennellese Aʔu Come (singular)
Rennellese ʔAu/ʔau To pick out, as bones from fish, seeds from a papaya, or mucus from the nose; strip off, as old stems from taro
Rennellese ʔAuahi Smoke
Rennellese ʔAue Exclamation "oh!"
Rennellese ʔAukai Glutton, be a glutton
Rennellese ʔAu mai Give (to the speaker)
Rennellese Aba Pass, channel, beach, canoe anchorage
Rennellese Aba, abaa Collection, collect together, gather together
Rennellese ʔAabanga Marry, elope, spouse
Rennellese ʔAabanga Rotten, as the interior of a papaya Uncertain Semantic Connection
Rennellese ʔAbatu Give away, as to a third person not far away
Rennellese ʔAba- Give, convey
Rennellese E(e) Generalised aspect marker
Rennellese E Preposed subject marker before transitive verbs
Rennellese Eʔa Appear, come, go, arrive, penetrate
Rennellese ʔEha Big
Rennellese ʔEgo Stink, smell bad
Rennellese Ene Ask for something, request
Rennellese Haka/ene/ Ask for something, request
Rennellese ʔEneʔene Tickle, pry, poke
Rennellese Epa Small mat, formerly also the ceremonial mat on which Tehu'aigabenga or Tehainga'atua was supported to sit and rest
Rennellese Epo Lick
Rennellese ʔEsiʔesi Taboo, treat with respect or reverence Problematic
Rennellese ʔEte/ʔaki Be under strict taboo, sacred, not promiscuous
Rennellese ʔEti Husk a coconut
Rennellese Eba Soar
Rennellese Ebe Tear apart, break up, scatter, destroy
Rennellese Haa Four
Rennellese Haa To be born Problematic
Rennellese Haa- Allomorph of baa- causative prefix
Rennellese Haʔa Stalk, as of taro, banana, papaya
Rennellese Haaʔegu Wipe, as after defecation
Rennellese Baba Carry on shoulder or back Phonologically Irregular
Rennellese Haha/nga Mouth
Rennellese Haahaa To grope, feel
Rennellese Hahai To chip smooth or plane, as a canoe
Rennellese Hahagi Wrap up (as excreta of children); sweep up
Rennellese Hahine Woman