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Binongko is also situated in an area poor for fish (the best area being just east of Kaledupa), so many of the people of Binongko have taken to craft to earn their livings: the name of the island chain, Tukang Besi ('blacksmith' in Malay), comes from the Binongko blacksmiths whose wares predominate as far afield as Ujung Pandang in South Sulawesi. The blacksmiths of Binongko are largely credited with secret powers (ilmu gaib) that enables them to pull glowing iron from the hearth without tongs, and to beat metal into machetes with their hands if necessary.

139) who, with accurate data, speculated on the possible connection of the article te (described by Collins as a prefix) to a Central Maluku suffix * -ta. In Blust (1993: 251), brief reference is made to Tukang Besi, where katfola 'chicken', from Popalia (a large village on Binongko) is listed (incorrectly) as a possible cognate with the putative proto Central Malayo-Polynesian *kandoRa 'rat' (proto Austronesian *R becomes 0 (adjacent to /u/ and sometimes Hi) or /h/ (elsewhere) in Tukang Besi, but never /I/).

Non-phonemic glottal stops Non-phonemic occurrences of glottal stops can be found in three main environments: 1. before an imploded stop phoneme that follows a stressed syllable; 2. ); 3. between two vowels that occur in adjacent syllables as a result of morphological, syntactic or pragmatic factors. Examples of 1. ga] 'lost' 'chicken louse' 'cheek' Examples of 2. ] dahani mai —> —> [da? ' 'Over there 'Many! ( This insertion of a glottal stop at a morpheme boundary is never compulsory, but is most likely to occur: 1.

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