rhide at coombs.anu.edu.au
Sat Oct 6 09:59:11 EST 2007
At 09:13 PM 5/10/2007, I wrote :
>.... Le Fevre gives nasuwi as a term for "eggplant" (origin: Kuanua).
>Its not in Mihalic - and eggplant is an introduction. Can anyone
>confirm/expand/alter the usage?
I've just heard back from Laurie Le Febre who writes:
"I encountered it at Tabubil, not having seen eggplant, as a plant, in my
earlier times in PNG.
The word was used by the Tolai people on site, but I heard it used at tne
market by wider language groups. I can check with Tolai friends for info
on its origin you if you (like).
I was also interested in the use of the "old" word for pineapple - "ananas"
- by the people near the West Papua border. I do believe I hadn't heard it
used at all in the highlands after about 1963. "Mak" was another word that
had all but disappeared in the early 60s, and seems to be well and truly
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