Elicitation

    Theory As we spend time learning Pidgin one of our main tactics is known (in our world) as elicitation.* Our strategy is to draw out a phrase or story that might give us insight into something we are investigating within the language. When trying to elicit a phrase it is important to avoid…

Mourning

Hoax, our language helper, recently told us about a tradition here in PNG surrounding the death of a family member. Apparently it was customary to have one’s finger cut off to express the sorrow associated with such a loss. After explaining this, Hoax showed us his mother’s hand. As you can see, the ends of…

Bilum Collection

Here in Papua New Guinea, bilums are all the rage.* Since we don’t want to stand out, we obviously have adopted using them. Now it is hard to tell the difference between us and PNG nationals. This was our first bilum, purchased by Elizabeth in the second week we were here at the street market…

PNG Living

We’ve shown a bunch of pictures of houses here in PNG, but I realized we haven’t shown much of what they look like inside. So to remedy that, here’s the inside of one house. This is pretty typical from what we’ve seen and heard. There is usually a bamboo platform that serves as a bed…

Happy Halloween

We tried to pretend it was fall here so we could enjoy Halloween. Elizabeth made carmel corn and pumpkin muffins and God sent us a cool wind that almost made us think it could be fall. We haven’t seen a single “real” pumpkin here, but we did get a couple of small green ones. The…

Pidgin Audio

We’ve had a request to hear what Pidgin sounds like. So here it is. This is a recording of our friend, Hoax, talking about work he will be doing in his garden tomorrow. You’ll be able to notice how the language has a lot of English words (or English sounding words.) Most of the time…

Language Helpers

Meet our “official” language helpers: Hoax and Margaret.   They are married and have five daughters. Though we spend time talking with lots of different people in order to learn Pidgin, these two are our official language helpers. We meet with them twice a week for about 3 hours. On Tuesdays we go to their…