Hiri Motu


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Hiri Motu

(ˈhɪərɪ ˈməʊtuː)
n
(Languages) another name for Motu3
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For example, Bahasa Indonesian is part of the same Austronesian family of languages that includes Te Reo M?ori, Tongan, Samoan, Cook Islands M?ori, all the Pama-Nyungan (Palm-a Newng-a) languages of Australia, Hiri Motu from Papua New Guinea, and many other Pacific languages.
Its free translation in English is the same as Hiri Moale--'Hiri happiness' or 'Hiri festivity'--but Hiri Moale is a phrase in 'Hiri Motu' (a.k.a.
Rose was handling public relations for the fledgling government where he says there are more than 700 different languages spoken, but three principal ones: Tok Pisin (Pidgin English), Hiri Motu (a bastardized version of Pure Motu, a major southern coastal language) and English.
For instance, mura mura dikana refers to poisoning (Hiri Motu: mura mura = a strong drink or drug, dikana = bad); sanguma (Tok Pisin, absorbed from Sepik region) refers to a type of attack where victims are set upon, rendered unconscious, physiologically interfered with, restored to consciousness, and sent on their way with no memory of the event, to suffer later; vada and mea mea (Hiri Motu) refer to illness or death inflicted at a distance using personal items secretly obtained from the victim.