[Mihalic] Piccaninny dawn
Fr Patrick Gesch
pgesch at dwu.ac.pg
Mon Nov 20 09:06:22 EST 2006
I find this expression completely ambiguous. The other morning I was having a
sleep in and someone shouted to me in Madang:
Hau na yu slip yet, em bik morning tru?
On the other hand if we were to go on our way next day I would expect to hear:
Bai yu mi kirap long bik moning tru na yumi tekof.
long live ambiguity.
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From: Stuart Robinson <Stuart.Robinson at mpi.nl>
To: mihalic at anu.edu.au
Sent: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 10:20:48 +0100 (MET)
Subject: RE: [Mihalic] Piccaninny dawn
> In Bougainville, I have heard the opposite size descriptor, 'bik', to
> describe what I believe is the same time of day---namely, early in
> the morning. For example,
> Bai yu kam long bik moning tru.
> Come in the early morning.
> Is this a common expression?
> On Fri, 17 Nov 2006 r.clark at auckland.ac.nz wrote:
> > "Piccaninny daylight", also "piccaninny dawn, piccaninny sun" as
> > expressions for the earliest morning, are well attested in Australian
> > English, going back to the 1840s at least. I assume this is from the
> > earlier sense of "piccaninny" = "small", and originated in some pidgin
> > context. However, the only place I can find it in use today is in Torres
> > Straits Creole, in the relexified form "smol delait" = "dawn, early
> > morning".
> > Ross Clark
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: mihalic-bounces at anu.edu.au
> > [mailto:mihalic-bounces at anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Institute of Papua New
> > Guinea Studies
> > Sent: Thursday, 16 November 2006 5:25 p.m.
> > To: Tok Pisin list
> > Subject: [Mihalic] Piccaninny dawn
> > In The Sky People (1984) by John Emery, there are numerous
> > references to "piccaninny dawn" which I assume means something like the
> > first light of dawn, before the sun actually appears.
> > Is this a version of a normal TP expression? Has anyone heard
> > "pikinini tulait" or something like that? Or might it be some sort of
> > Tok Masta?
> > Don Niles
> > Acting Director & Senior Ethnomusicologist
> > Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies
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