Mostly comments on existing entries
Ross Clark (FOA DALSL)
r.clark at auckland.ac.nz
Tue Jul 9 17:45:01 EST 2002
Taro: the proto-oceanic word for taro is "*talo(s)" (Osmond, 1998: 127), so
the attribution of Fijian origin by Mihalic may be too specific.
Ross Clark (FOA LING)]
Not just "too specific" but downright impossible, I'd say, given that the
Fijian word is /dalo/ and that Tok Pisin does not normally confuse l and r.
The most obvious immediate source for TP /taro/ is English, which got the
word from Tahitian.
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