BONON - LIST DISCUSSION

ambusa (dolphin) + bonon (dugong) - I have quizzed people at length over what dolphins and dugongs were in TP, even when actually out at sea looking at dolphins, but no luck. Who has heard these today?

John Burton 28 Sep 2001


Here's an example of someone using "bonbon" in Wantok:

"Na tu sapos yu go long Rip Aillwo bai yu lukim ol gras na tu ol bonbon o bulmakau i pulap moa moa yet."

This is from a Stori Tumbuna from Pililo in West New Britain Province in 1973.  Perhaps they meant "bonon"?  There aren't any other instances of this word in the Stori Tumbuna.

Tom Slone 29 Sep 2001