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New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary: With a Concise Grammar and by Samuel H. Elbert

By Samuel H. Elbert

The Hawaiian Dictionary, via Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel Elbert, has for a few years been the traditional paintings of reference for the Hawaiian language. in accordance with frequency of utilization and cultural value, 10,800 entries, from the 41,500 within the revised and enlarged variation of 1986, were chosen for inclusion within the New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary. In a compact and conveyable structure, this dictionary up-dates medical and customary names of vegetation and animals; Hawaiian equivalents of given names; phrases borrowed from different languages; numbering and counting; functional words, and masses extra. The bankruptcy on grammar, defined in nontechnical phrases, contains a pronunciation consultant. this handy booklet can be liked by way of citizens, viewers, and starting scholars of Hawaiian alike.

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3m. 3m. b:Jlla 'he ate'. The past form of a stative verb like rzm 'be tall', T:Jzz:Jm:J, may, however, mean either 'he was tall' or 'he is tall'.

4). 5. Jr 'the Kenyan ambassador', ya-silk qut'ir "b;:phone number'. 7). ~hanna innat 'for Hanna's mother' (not l:ry:rhanna innat). 6. Definite object suffix. A 'deflnite' noun phrase, one known to the addressee and often marked in English by the definite article the, is suffixed by ·n in Amharic. Proper nouns (names) are typically definite. betu·n w:1dti:x/:} Tesfaye·n r:xldu yih·in iw:Jsdal/:}hu 'He liked the house. ' This aspect of Amharic grammar logically and usefully interacts with word order.

The seven Amharic vowels I Central --r·---·; ·-· . . Back --u- -· · · Front r--::--- --- ---. High 1 . -__-_~-~----L _;__ ·---~-Six of the seven Amharic vowels have reasonable approximations in English: Amharic ·i e a o u :1 Approximately as in American English beat, seen, keep, eat bait, sane, cape, eight pot, sod, cop, odd boat, sown, cope, oat boot, soon, coop, oops but, sun, cup, up Notice that Amharic bet 'house' approximately rhymes with English bait and not with English bet. The vowel g, with the tongue in a mid-central and more-or-less 'at rest' position', is the most frequent vowel of Amharic (and of English).

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