matmat

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See also: mất mát and mất mặt

Samoan Plantation Pidgin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Tolai or Ramoaaina matmat (the dead), considered by Mosel to have been coined by missionaries.

Noun[edit]

matmat

  1. cemetery

References[edit]

  • Ulrike Mosel, Tolai and Tok Pisin: the influence of the substratum on the development of New Guinea Pidgin (1980)
  • Mühlhäusler, Peter (1983). "Samoan Plantation Pidgin English and the origin of New Guinea Pidgin", in Ellen Woolford and William Washabaugh: The Social Context of Creolization, 28–76.

Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Tolai or Ramoaaina matmat (the dead), considered by Mosel to have been coined by missionaries. Compare Fijian mate (dead), Malay mati (death).

Noun[edit]

matmat

  1. cemetery

References[edit]

  • Ulrike Mosel, Tolai and Tok Pisin: the influence of the substratum on the development of New Guinea Pidgin (1980)
  • Mühlhäusler, Peter (1983). "Samoan Plantation Pidgin English and the origin of New Guinea Pidgin", in Ellen Woolford and William Washabaugh: The Social Context of Creolization, 28–76.