Narrative of the Voyage of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By the Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During the Years 1846-1850. eBook

John MacGillivray
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(Footnote.  To form the plural of a noun or adjective, the rule appears to be to add le as a postfix, sometimes previously supplying a terminal vowel if required:  Example:  geta = hand becomes getale in the plural:  kuku = foot, kukule:  kutai = yam, kutaile:  ipi = wife, ipile:  kerne = lad undergoing a certain ceremony, kernele:  makaow = mat, makaowle:  bom = fruit of pandanus, bomale.  There are exceptions however; mari = shell ornament, makes marurre in the plural:  gul = canoe, gulai:  tawpei = short, tawpeingh:  all nouns ending in ra have the plural in re, as kowra = ear, kowrare and all ending in kai gain jille in the plural, as ipikai = woman, ipikaijille.

Regarding the allusion to a terminal vowel, it may be mentioned here that as most Kowrarega words end in a vowel, its absence when a vowel commences the following word is commonly owing to elision.  Example:  udzu umai = my dog becomes udz’umai.  When the last consonant in a word is the same as the first in the following word, one of the letters is omitted.  Example:  apa pirung = soft ground becomes ap’irung.  There are numerous other contractions, as ai for aidu = food:  aiye for aiyewel = come here:  mue utsem = the fire has gone out, for mue utsimem etc.)

COLUMN 1:  ITEM NUMBER. 
COLUMN 2:  ENGLISH. 
COLUMN 3:  KOWRAREGA. 
COLUMN 4:  GUDANG.

1 :  Sky :  je :  -. 2 :  Sun :  gariga :  inga. 3 :  Cloud :  dapar :  otera. 4 :  Cloud, heavy, cumulus :  markei :  -. 5 :  Cloud, driving, scud :  ras :  -. 6 :  Moon :  kissuri :  aikana. 7 :  Moon, new :  kainidung (634) :  kichia. 8 :  Moon, full :  mullpal :  ichara. 9 :  Moonlight :  kapi kissurri (612.6) :  -. 10 :  Star :  titure :  onbi, unbi. 11 :  Star, falling :  titure udzarizhe (10.745) :  -. 12 :  Star, morning :  gariga titure (2.10) :  -. 13 :  Jupiter ? :  dogei :  -. 14 :  Pleiades :  kusali* :  -.

(Footnote.  The frequency of words having different meanings may perhaps lead some to suppose that they may have originated in error on my part.  Some have a figurative connexion as upu = a series of waterholes, also a blister; kusali = the constellation of the Pleiades, also a plant with bunches of seeds which become white and glittering by exposure to the sun:  others have no obvious community of meaning, as ari = rain, also a louse; gi = laughter, also ripe, &tc.)

15 :  Darkness, night :  inur :  yulpalga. 16 :  Shadow, shade :  yirada :  moda. 17 :  Wind :  guba :  alba. 18 :  Rain :  ari :  apura. 19 :  Rainbow :  oripara :  ung-gebanya. 20 :  Dew :  urma :  -. 21 :  Fog :  wunu :  -. 22 :  Thunder :  duyuma :  wagel (526). 23 :  Lightning :  baguma :  omba. 24 :  Heat, steam :  kaman :  -. 25 :  Sea :  wur :  -. 26 :  Salt water :  adabu :  ung-onya. 27 :  Saltwater creek :  kassur :  -. 28 :  Saltwater swamp :  gowada :  gawata. 29 :  Deep water :  mal :  -. 30 :  Shoal water :  gata :  -. 31 :  Wave :  baow :  -. 32 :  Foam : 

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