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 Umu Triggerfish (Balistoides spp.)
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 Ffoo 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 P/pasa Inflamed, as a result of insect bite etc. To be red, raw (of flesh) (Jsn).
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 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 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