[Mihalic] singsing kaur
lynch_j at VANUATU.USP.AC.FJ
Tue Jan 31 15:10:29 EST 2006
No conflation at all.
kaur seems to derive (via a slight phonological irregularity) from Proto
Oceanic *qauR 'bamboo'
taur derives from POc*tapuRiq 'conch, triton', and thus 'shell trumpet'.
From: Thomas H. Slone [mailto:THSlone at yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 31 January 2006 2:43 p.m.
To: mihalic at anu.edu.au
Subject: RE: [Mihalic] singsing kaur
Mihalic lists both kaur ("bamboo rafters", p. 108) and taur (shell
trumpet, p. 193) as coming from the Gazelle Peninsula area. I wonder
if, even though they're completely different materials, whether there
is TP conflation of meaning or a shared Austronesian root word. Both
panpipes and shell trumpets are fairly universal in PNG (McLean 1994).
> > Both terms should get there eventually, I hope. "Singsing kaur" is not
>> Mihalic's dictionary and actually that is the only context in which I've
>> ever heard "kaur" used. As for a definition of "singsing kaur", I'd
>> something like:
>So maybe "kaur" doesn't exist independently. Does anyone have any idea
>where it comes from? Incidentally, I've heard two variants of the term
>there: "singsing kaur" and "singsing kaul".
>> music/dance from North Solomons Province consisting of singing
> > by an ensemble of double-row bamboo panpipes, end-blown bamboo
>> together in raft form, and end-blown wooden trumpets--all instruments
>> restricted to North Solomons. Wooden trumpet players dance in a circle
>> moving clockwise, while singers and other instrumentalists dance around
>> in the opposite direction.
>That's a fair characterization of what I understand by the term. But is it
>really that specific?
>> Has anyone heard this term used to refer to any music/dance from outside
>> North Solomons?
>My experience with the term is limited to Bougainville.
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