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

Michelle Rooney short-listed for book award

By KEITH JACKSON – posted on PNG Attitude Blog MELBOURNE – Michelle Nayahamui Rooney – a dual Papua New Guinea-Australia citizen of Manus heritage – is one of 10 shortlisted writers in contention for the 2022 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. The annual award is given by Writers Victoria to an Australian writer for a proposedContinue reading “Michelle Rooney short-listed for book award”

The taxing art of translation

By BAKA BINA – PNG Aittitude blog PORT MORESBY – I recently submitted a short story of mine to the Commonwealth Writers competition. It was written in Tok Pisin and I had translated it into English. Ino long taim igo pinis, mi salim wanpela hap stori igo long Komonwelt Raitin Resis long ples bilong MisisContinue reading “The taxing art of translation”

Tok Pisin: A language on history’s march

By CHRIS OVERLAND – PNG Attitude Blog ADELAIDE – The article by Baka Bina, ‘The Taxing Art of Translation’, has recently stimulated much comment and discussion in PNG Attitude. Accomplished writers like Michael Dom, Daniel Kumbon, Phil Fitzpatrick and others have offered their own insights and perspectives on the problems inherent in translating Tok Pisin intoContinue reading “Tok Pisin: A language on history’s march”

Preserving Papua New Guinea’s 850 Languages

By Noah Sheidlower – Borgen Magazine TACOMA, Washington — Papua New Guinea is considered the most linguistically diverse place on the planet with around 850 different languages spoken throughout the country. While English is understood by most of the population, the country has two other official languages. One language is Tok Pisin, a Creole language based on English, theContinue reading “Preserving Papua New Guinea’s 850 Languages”

PNG languages dying with each generation

By AAP and AG staff  Indigenous PNG languages are dying with each generation, and may only survive in ceremonies, experts say. WHO WILL SPEAK INIAI in 2050? Or Faiwol? Moskona? Wahgi? Probably no one, as the languages of New Guinea – the world’s greatest linguistic reservoir – are disappearing in a tide of indifference. Yoseph Wally,Continue reading “PNG languages dying with each generation”

Tok Pisin first for Commonwealth story prize

By EMMA D’COSTA – posted on PNG Attitude blog| Commonwealth Foundation LONDON, UK – Guyanese writer Fred D’Aguiar will chair an international panel of judges for the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, which is now open to 1 November 2021. And for the first time the prize – offering a first prize of K24,000 –Continue reading “Tok Pisin first for Commonwealth story prize”

Long wanem as tru na yumi itambuim tokples long skul?

BY MICHAEL DOM Authors note: This is an unedited essay which is being posted now because of the current feature on language loss in our country. While the text could certainly benefit from a good editor, those folks are hard to come by, harder to convince, and probably demand hard currency. What’s more, since IContinue reading “Long wanem as tru na yumi itambuim tokples long skul?”

Linguistic Diversity Declines in Papua New Guinea

By Andrew Warner – language Magazine Papua New Guinea—frequently heralded as the most linguistically diverse place in the entire world—is in the middle of a language crisis. According to a new report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, the youngest generations in the nation are using IndigenousContinue reading “Linguistic Diversity Declines in Papua New Guinea”

Academic Says Hawaiian Language Originated from Outer Islands of PNG

Posted on Solomon Time New research on the origins of the Hawaiian language is stirring debate over the long-held theory in Polynesian migration that the islands were settled from Samoa. New linguistics research by UH Hilo Hawaiian Language Professor William “Pila” Wilson suggests the original settlers of the Hawaiian Islands came not from Samoa butContinue reading “Academic Says Hawaiian Language Originated from Outer Islands of PNG”