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15 November 2012


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Bernard, thank you for the very fine story. It is a good read. Just a couple of small corrections.

The MC for the launch was Brodney Seip, originally from Simbai, who helped me organise the event (Governor Jim Kas gave the concluding speech).

Kalam is a Papuan language, belonging to the large Trans New Guinea family. This includes, as very distant relatives, most Highlands languages and many of the languages of central Madang Province such as Amele, spoken around Madang township.

The Kalam language is now rather famous around the world of linguistics for its amazing serial verb constructions, in which up to 9 or 10 bare verb roots occur in sequence in a single clause.

For example wik d ap tan d ap yap g- (rub touch come go up touch come go down do) is how you say 'give a massage' in Kalam.

This sort of thing makes doing a dictionary quite hard!

Fabulous story! One small quibble -- Kalam is a non-Austronesian (Papuan) language. It is not Austronesian as reported here.

It is with great pleasure I comment on the achievement our fathers have done for the Kalam speaking people. It will never be lost but encouraging to teach toall our Simbai kids direct language and inform them to learn English as soon as they enter a classroom in thier formation years.

The future of all our Simbai children are centre before this great book so we all must own one of this books and teach them to to pronounce their language and get equal education as many others.

This is really fantastic..!

Welcome Barbara. The book launch happened last week Wednesday (07/11/2012).

Our languages are dying out. I myself cannot speak with fluency any native languages, only Pidgin and English.

This makes me feel dumb sometimes when I don't really understand what people are saying.

Thank you for this story about the production of the Kalam language dictionary, which has taken place over many years with the help of many people.

It is good to hear that this book has been so well researched and I'm sure it would also contain a lot on the traditional culture of the Kalam language speakers.

It should be a great resource for the traditional Kalam speakers in the future and ensure that the Kalam language does not just disappear, as may be the case with many other languages in PNG.

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