Asking if Papua New Guineans write is the wrong question

“Askim sapos ol Papua Niuginian’s isave rait emi rong askim” [Tok Pisin translations] MICHAEL DOM IT WAS MY IMPRESSION that one of the questions bothering Philip Fitzpatrick around 2010, on his ruminations about his once adopted home was that, if Papua New Guineans are writing, then where is the published evidence? LONG LUKSAVE-TINGTING BILONG MIContinue reading “Asking if Papua New Guineans write is the wrong question”

Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize: (5) Ating kastam pasim maus bilong yumi

“Vernacular traces in the Crocodile Prize” An essay in five parts BY MICHAEL DOM WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS BY ED BRUMBY Tanim tok i hetipen wok tu na ating ino olgeta raita man-meri bai igat laikim na save bilong raitim. Ol tokples bilong yumi inogatim alfabet, grama na ol rul bilong raitim olsem Tok Inglis, naContinue reading “Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize: (5) Ating kastam pasim maus bilong yumi”

The precision killing of Oulaine Papaite

ROBERT FORSTER – PNG Attitude Blog NORTHUMBRIA – Tumai Mumu, who featured in PNG Attitude a month ago (‘Pax Australiana: Techniques of Pacification’), was a contradictory character and perhaps an extraordinary opportunist. He was headman of an important group of the Goilala people and lived in a village immediately behind Tapini government station. This is where I wasContinue reading “The precision killing of Oulaine Papaite”

Hiri hanenamo ena koe

A primaquatrain triad BY MICHAEL DOM WITH HIRI MOTU TRANSLATION BY CLIFTON AND RUTH GWABU Hiri Hanenamo ena koe Eh, Hiri Hanenamo Huimu latana namo hereana Ese matagu eme paia Bona kudougu eme hamarerea emu koe ramina odaveamu na heto Name gini niu laini gabanai Bena gaba regena name kamonaia mirigini ena to ai TohContinue reading “Hiri hanenamo ena koe”

Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize: (4) Motu i hait iet

“Vernacular traces in the Crocodile Prize” An essay in five parts BY MICHAEL DOM WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS BY ED BRUMBY Long 2016 Crocodile Prize Nesenol Litereri Kompetisen tripela tok-singsing i kamap long Tok Pisin na wanpela long Tok Motu. Entologi buk long dispela yia em istap olsem e-buk tasol, na pepa-buk bai ol man meriContinue reading “Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize: (4) Motu i hait iet”

Making a dictionary for your own language

CRAIG ALAN VOLKER| Edited & updated, Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude, 22 January 2022 First published in The National, February 2018 PORT MORESBY – All of us probably remember dictionaries from when we were at school. They had a long list of English words and explained them in English. This is a monolingual dictionary. WordsContinue reading Making a dictionary for your own language

Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize: (3) Ol PNG raita i kirap bek gen

Vernacular traces in the Crocodile Prize: (3) The PNG Writers Rise Again An essay in five parts BY MICHAEL DOM WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS BY ED BRUMBY Taim 2014 Crocodile Prize Nesenol Litereri Kompetisen ikirap gen (em igo bek gen long han bilong Keith Jackson na Phil Fitzpatrick) ol raita i pinisim bikpela wokmak tru olsemContinue reading “Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize: (3) Ol PNG raita i kirap bek gen”

Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize – Namba 2

“Vernacular traces in the Crocodile Prize – Part 2” An essay in five parts BY MICHAEL DOM WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS BY ED BRUMBY 2. Wanwan i raitim tok-singsing na tanim tok Long kirap bilong Crocodile Prize Nesenol Litireri Kompetisen long 2011 nambawan taim we hanmak bilong wanpela poet i kamap long Tok Ples em longContinue reading “Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize – Namba 2”

Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize

“Vernacular traces in the Crocodile Prize” An essay in five parts BY MICHAEL DOM WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS BY ED BRUMBY 1. Maski salim tingting. Kirapim gen LONG 2010, Keith Jackson AM na Philip Fitzpatrick, ibin kirapim tingting long kamapim nesenol literari kompetisen – Crocodile Prize. Mipela sampela man meri ibin raitim toktok igo ikam wantaimContinue reading “Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize”

Kastom & Kristen can be a perfect match

By PHILIP FITZPATRICK – posted on PNG Attitude Blog TUMBY BAY – In between finishing my latest novel and starting a new one I’ve been proofreading a fascinating autobiography by Johannes Kundal. Johannes is a member of Enga Writers Association and his book, The Legend of the Miok Egg, is being edited and readied for publication byContinue reading “Kastom & Kristen can be a perfect match”