nsullivan at global.net.pg
Sat Feb 25 21:03:36 EST 2006
MessageIt's agnates are teptep in the Solomons and kepkep in New Britain,
and I can't recall the name in D'Entrecasteux, or Vanuatu, but it exists all
the way through to Marquesas in one form or another.
From: mihalic-bounces at anu.edu.au [mailto:mihalic-bounces at anu.edu.au]On
Behalf Of Ross Clark (ARTS DALSL)
Sent: Saturday, 25 February 2006 3:29 PM
To: Mihalic at anu.edu.au
Subject: [Mihalic] kapkap
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 be.
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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