Wamesa and Tongan/Lexical Selection
wad → ton
The Wamesa word matotap can mean to fall or to collapse.
- (wad) matotap (to fall) → tō (ton)
- Ex: Antumpai miatotap. (The child is falling.)
- (wad) matotap (to collapse) → holo (ton)
- Ex: Aniopasiat simatotap. (The houses are collapsing.)
In Wamesa, mun means to hunt or to kill.
- (wad) mun (hunt) → fakaʻete (ton)
- (wad) mun (kill) → tāmateʻi (ton)
ton → wad
The Tongan word tangi means to cry/weep as well as to ask/appeal.
- (ton) (to cry/weep) tangi → sau (wad)
- (ton) (to ask/appeal) tangi → utanusara (wad)
In Tongan, kakalu means either cricket or whistle.
- (ton) (large cricket or cicada) kakalu → sararer (wad)
- (ton) (whistle) kakalu → nginggisi (wad)