Ross Clark (ARTS DALSL)
r.clark at auckland.ac.nz
Sat Feb 25 16:28:53 EST 2006
This word for a particular type of shell-backed tortoise-shell ornament
seems to be widely used in the Pacific art world. I came across it in a
1964 paper by H.D.Skinner, who apparently considered it an established
trans-national term. I don't find it in Mihalic or on the revision web
site, or in any other Melanesian Pidgin source I've looked at. It's not
in OED, though it ought to be if it is as widely used as it appears to
Is this a Tok Pisin word?
Can anyone pinpoint its origin? (Shameful confession: I can't find my
copy of Malcolm Ross's paper on AN words in TP)
Has anyone seen a documented use earlier than 1964?
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