A Dictionary of Some Tuamotuan Dialects of the Polynesian by J. Frank Stimson (auth.)

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Swelling, mounting; as of the soo, or a whale. ANA AHU (ii) [? +- abu (i)] S. A band, flock; as of birds, insects, animals. VHI A collection, aggregation; II abu (i). AHU (iii) S. The name of a legendary land. AHtJ' S. A special prayer addressed to the god TOl)a. VHI AHU S. Steam, vapor; mihu; II hu (iii). AHtJ'A (i) II ahu (i) AHtJ'A (ii) S. The form, appearance, semblance, character. FAG AHUAHU (i) II ahu (i) AHUAHU (ii) P. To bail·, scoop·, ladle out- any liquid; especially bilge·water. S. A bailer; II hiumi, tati.

To shine, glisten. M. ] ANA Clear, unclouded. ane Shining, glistening. Gentle; as a breeze. Kindly; as the eyes. Clear, pellucid, bright; as the sky. ane = maneane Glistening, sparkling, gleaming, shining; said of the pandanus fruit when very ripe and the segments are read· 4 ANEANE ily detached.

Stimson felt that a proper orthography should include enough information to allow the reader to speak the word absolutely as the native speaker fmm whom the form was recorded said the word, and to indicate also the changes in the word from the proto form of 'classic' speech. This implies a very 'close' phonetic transcription, with the use of many diacritical marks, and also requires assumption as to knowledge of the proto-forms. Marshall differs in that he believes Stimson was trying. to solve three problems with a single answer, and he tends to more orthodox interpretations.

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