Uab Meto has plenty of stresses in many of its words. And to indicate them, people simply use apostrophes, either in front, in the beginning, or at the end of a word. This is acceptable. However, it makes the word longer because of the many apostrophes used. So, to make a word shorter and more efficient to use, using certain accents (those available in the international computer keyboards) put on the top of the accented vowels is simpler, and hopefully clearer. Many of them are applied in French and Portuguese. However, those used in Uab Meto have different functions. I hope that the following modifications would be acceptable. Example:
- Fun-ahunut i au uhakeb ume mese’. = Fun-ahunut i au uhakeb ume mesê.
Last month I built a house.
- In a-nmui’ oto nua. In lof na’sosa’ es. = In a-nmuî oto nua. In lof nâsosâ es.
(S)he has two cars. (S)he will sell one (of them).
- Au fe’ oum u’ko kota. = Au fê oum ûko kota. I have just been to the city/town.
- Ho tataf a’naet nato’. = Ho tataf ânaet natô. Your elder brother/sister is angry.
- In olif akliko’ nahín. = In olif aklikô nahín. Your youngest brother/sister knows.
- Kaisa’ maiti kle’o-kle’o! = Kaisâ maiti kleö-kleö! Don’t take it little by little.
- Li’ana’ i nah neik palu’. = Liänâ i nah neik palû. This child eats greedily.
Stresses also appear before a word that begins with a consonant. They are indicated with an opening apostrophe (‘). E.g. Au ‘pao ko talantea nokâ. I will wait for you until tomorrow.
- The letter g is used in loanwords, such as guru (teacher), often pronounced kulu.
- The letter l is replaced with r in some dialects, e.g. lene (garden) with rene.
- The letters q, v, x, and z are used in loanwords from Europe.
Ethnologue data from Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 14th Edition
Understanding Uab Meto (Dawan Language): A General Description,
by Yohanes Manhitu, Unpublished
Yohanes Manhitu’s Uab Meto website: http://www.uabmeto.cjb.net
Uab Meto dictionary: http://oecusse.com/tourism/docs/BaiquenoDictionary.pdf
Uab Meto poetry online with translations: http://www.geocities.com/johnmanhitu2001/PUISI_NEIK_UAB_METO.html
Catholic prayers in Uab Meto: http://www.geocities.com/jeanmanhitu/Onen_Meto.html
Uab Meto on the Internet: http://www.geocities.com/jeanmanhitu/UAB_METO_ON_THE_INTERNET.html