Echo of a Culture: A Grammar of Rennell and Bellona (Oceanic by Samuel H. Elbert

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1), Loss Baiango hai a small noko fish; an nimo 'were kiu) a grave*. along Bellona. 3), atu hai name male Baiang ga'a boundaries. 6). 1. 5); words lost commonly plantain; a general ma(ng)anga'e nearly some in is ighaati(gh)i just'; mu(ng)ingaa 'to be Pegea badly* noninitially sound that gh(a)ghaghaba ma(ng)a ni occur losses reduplications. 2. excited final higher sometimes by oo and replaced story taped unstressed in even by Taupongi, demonstrative vowels: ooo -na ai te hai mai top interr pune make/ do hither Ko te ai 'Who's Ko ai 'Who (In tau'a, here?

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