[Mihalic] type of tree: talisa/kaot
rhide at coombs.anu.edu.au
Sun Sep 10 09:02:53 EST 2006
For Teop, Shoffner records Terminalia catappa as "kaoto",
see p. 291 of Shoffner, R.K. 1976. The economy and cultural ecology of
Teop: an analysis of the fishing, gardening, and cash cropping systems in a
Melanesian society, PhD thesis, Honolulu, University of Hawaii.
At 08:33 AM 10/09/2006, you wrote:
>Given that the name of this tree in Rotokas is 'okaoto', the term 'kaot'
>is a probably neologism used by this particular speaker in the two
>dictionary examples he wrote. I'm guessing that it's not the standard Tok
>Pisin term for this type of tree. If anyone knows otherwise, by all means
>let me know.
>There is also a folk tale in Rotokas about this tree, as well as an
>I'm in the process of updating the Shoebox texts and will probably upload
>new versions within the next couple of days.
> > It sounds like Terminalia catappa - but I have never heard "kaot" in TP.
> > For a nice "folk" account of the distinctive structure, red leaves, and
> > coastal location of T. catappa "Talis", see the (autobiographical) novel
> > by Bernard Narokobi (East Sepik, Arapesh).
> > [Narokobi, Bernard (2002.) Two Seasons. Madang, PNG, Divine World
> > University Press, see p. 68.]
> > Robin Hide
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