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ALPHABET FOR WRITING THE SOUTH ANDAMAN LANGUAGE 



ALPHABET FOR WRITING THE SOUTH ANDAMAN LANGUAGE, 

«IGN. ENGLISH, ETC. 



idetj, cut 
CUT (with 





trilled r) 


a 


Ifcal. casi^ 


a 


father 


d^ 


fathom 


e^ 


b^d 




chaotic 


e^ 


pair 


i 


hd 


b 


6ed 


ch 


ch^xTch 


d 


dip 


9 


/7ap 


h 


/iay 



judge 



k 


/ling 


I 


^ap 


m 


man 


n 


nun 



SOUTH ANDAMAN. SIGN. ENGLISH, ETa SOUTH ANDAMAN. 

Oral Votvels and Diphthongs, 

ya-di turtle, ^d hair 
•hdi goU European 
job basket 
pdl'i-ke dwell-does 
tdgo ^riKt, shoulder 
bu'kura name -of a tree 
pu-d-re burn-did 
dai'-ke understand -does 
ch6pciu*a narrow 
chau body 
'borgoli European 



7*a more 

ngt'ji kinsman, erke-dang-ke, 

in trees-search-does ^ 
nga then 
pid hair 
Tab necklace of netting 

ra'ta wooden arrow 
ra'ia sea-water 
not found i^ 
tt blood 

Vi tear ( from the eye ^^ ) 
w6*lo adze, baVawa name 

of a tribe 
yabd' a little 



ataba kind of tree 


I 


poh'ce 


bd small, ydba not 




6^ 


indolent 
pole 


ela'ka region 
da-he dont (imperative) 
jdrawa name of a tribe 
d'mej name of a tree 


6 
6 
u 
d 
ai 


pot 

awiul 

influence 

pool 

bite 


pu'd'TC burn-did 


an 


howse 


e'la pig-arrow 


au 


rouse 


ig-ba dig-re see -did 


oi 


hoil 


Consonants 


.. 


bud hut 


n 


Fr.ga^wer 


chdk ability, mich'alen 
why, ruch Ross Island 


ng 


hring 


d&ga largje 


ng 


7 


gob bamboo utensil 


V 


p^p 


?ie ho ! aweh* ( h mounded, 


r 8 


rest 


see note -"* ) etcetera 






jdbag bad, e'mej name of 


r'9 


torrent 


atr^^e 


« 


5ad 


ki gal-ke ascend does 


t 


ten 


ISg navigable channel 


f 




mu'gu face 


w 


■iret 


nau-ke walk-does, ro'pan 






toad 


y 


yolk 



Rule. 



In the above alphabet the syllable under stress in any word is shown by placing a 
turned period (*) after a long vowel-, or the consonant following -a short vowel, in every 
word of more than one syllable. 

^ a accented befocre aoonsoiiant, is the (B^x^lish a in m^tt, as distinguished from d, which is the ehort 
of a or Italian a in anno. 

- e accented in closed syllables, as in bed ; in open syllables unaccented as in chaotic or Italian padre^ 
amore. 

3 No vanishing sound of i as in English sai/. * No vanishing sound of u as in EngKsh knowJ, 

5 ft, is sounded after a vowel by continuing breath through the position of the mouth, while 
remitting the voi-ce. 

6 When ng is folbwed by a vowel, it mustxun on to that vowel only, and not be run on to the 
preceding vowel either as in 'finger' or in * singer ', thus ht-ri-nga-da^ ^^ood ^ not M'-ring-a-da, 
bi'-ring-ga-da, or bt-rin-ga-da. It is only when no vowel follows that n^is run on to the preceding vowel. 

7 ^g is a palatalised ng^ and bears the same relation to it as n bears to n. To pronounce « attempt to 
say n and y simultaneously ; to pronounce ft/ do the same for ng and y. 

8 This r is soft and,g«ntle, with no sensible ripple of the tongue, as very frequently in English, but 
not merely vocal. 

9 This r is strongly trilled, as r in Scotch, or Italian r, or Spanish rn 

10 The Andamanese cannot hiss, and heace they substitute ch for «, thus Riich fo* S^iis the Hindt 
corruption of Ross. 

1' This t* is a post-aspirated t, like the Indian th, quite different from English th, and hence to prevent 
confusion the Greek spiritus asper is imitated by a turned comma. The^ound t* is common in Irish 
English, and may often be lieard in England. 



A DICTIONARY 



OF THE 

A \ A 



SOUTH ANDAMAN {AKA-BEA) LANGUAGE 

With Grammatical Notes, Map^ Illustrations and Several Appendices. 



BY EDWARD HORACE MAN, CLE. 

Author op* The Aboriginal Inhabitants of the Andaman Islands,'* '* A Dictionary 
of the Central Nicobarese Language,'' etc. 



Reprinted from " The Indian Antiquary,''* 



15omliag : 

PsiNTED AT THE BRITISH INDIA PRESS, MAZGAON. 

1923.