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Palauan Adjectives

The following is a brief discussion about Palauan adjectives. For a longer exploration, please refer to discussions of state verbs in the Joseph Handbooks. According to the official Lewis Joseph grammar book of Palauan, there are no Palauan parts of speech called adjectives. However, Palauan does, of course, have words used to describe other words. In English, we call these words adjectives. Examples of English adjectives are dangerous, beautiful, and hot.

Palauan Resulting State Verbs

In Palauan, words corresponding to English adjectives are called state verbs. There are several types of Palauan state verbs. The most common are resulting state verbs which occur as a result of a verb. Some examples:

Here is a list of seven random Palauan verbs and their resulting state verbs:

blsebosech, v.r.s.continually contradicted/opposed.
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chelebis, v.r.s.mashed; crushed.
chelebis a mla mechebis; chobisur, chobis a diokang, chebisul a chebis.
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deleu, v.r.s.folded; creased; bent.
deleu a mla medeu; deleuul; diak el melemalt; llemolem, dour a chimal, dmeu a babier, meleu, deul.
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iluchet, v.r.s.unhooked.
iluchet a mla meiuchet, nglai er a techerakl, meluchet er ngii.
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rrael, v.r.s.(particular distance) walked/traveled/covered.
rrael a mla remolii; beches el rael a rrael, ki mla merael er ngii.
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rrech, v.r.s.moved; readied; set in order.
rrech a kldmokl; mla mudasu; mla merech a rolel a blengur; mlil a omerael a rrech; rechul.
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uleksebek, v.r.s.made to fly.
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Palauan Anticipating State Verbs

Anticipating state verbs in Palauan are like resulting state verbs. However, instead of describing the state of something after a verb has modified it, these describe the state of something before a verb is anticipated to modify it. Here's seven random Anticipating State Verbs:

ngesuul, v.a.s.is to be reduced in number/subtracted.
ngesuul a kirel el mengas; melas; diak lengesuul a ulechucher el udoud, ngosur, ngmai, ngesul.
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odermeremall, v.a.s.is to be pushed or forced (under water, into ground, etc.).
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okerdall, v.a.s.is to be unloaded.
okerdall a okerodel.
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orebatel, v.a.s.is to be cut down (to size).
orebatel a orebet; orrebet.
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rtangel, v.a.s.is to be pounded, smashed or crushed.
rtangel a kirel el merot; medal a biskang a rtangel, rotengii, remot.
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suobel, v.a.s.is to be studied, learned or imitated.
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ungelmall, v.a.s.is to be given drink or made to drink.
ungelmall a kirel el mongim; msa imelel; omngim er ngii; ungelmel.
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State Verbs with Related Nouns

In English, a common thing to do is to ask 'how XXXX is something,' where XXXX is an adjective. For example, 'how hot is that,' or 'how dangerous is that,' are common English expressions.

This is true in Palauan as well in a form like, 'ng uangarang a kleldelel,' which translates literally perhaps to something like, 'it is like what, its heat,' or figuratively as, 'how hot is it.' The word kleldelel is a possessed noun meaning 'its heat.' See the nouns page for a longer explanation of possessed nouns.

Many of these Palauan nouns have related state verbs which translate to, and are used as, English adjectives. Here is a list of seven random Palauan nouns along with their corresponding state verbs.

Palauan_NounEngish_NounPalauan_AdjEnglish_Adj
bisechwild taro (makes mouth itchy).bisechwild taro (makes mouth itchy).
chaseborash.chasebohaving rash or prickly heat.
chiukl(singing) voice.cheiukl(person) having a good singing voice.
chuisworm; maggot.bederechuis(starchy food) spoiled (by water); decomposing or moldy.
cheluchcoconut oil; fuel (e.g. gasoline, kerosene, diesel oil, etc.); grease (from meat being cooked).bekecheluchsmell of coconut oil.
bidokelhives.bidokel broken out in hives.
meduumale genitals (large).meduu(testicles) swollen; (pig) having testicles/uncastrated.

Reng Idioms as Adjectives

There are many Palauan expressions which use a state verb to describe the Palauan word reng which means spirit or heart. These are idioms which mean their literal and figurative meanings are not the same. Typically, but not always, the figurative meaning describes an emotion. An example is kesib a reng, which literally means a sweaty heart but figuratively it means to be angry. Here is a list of seven random examples of these reng idioms:

PalauanEnglish
blekebek a rengulpleasant/nice (in personality); congenial.
omech er a rengultake the edge of one's hunger.
omtechei a rengulget back at; do to someone as he does to you.
omichoech a rengul(stomach) grumble, talk or gurgle (especially from hunger); (person) feel excited.
Rengulbaititle of chiefs in Imeliik.
omai er a rengulhesitate; be unsure about.
menglou er a rengultry to make (someone, oneself) patient; assure; take edge of one's hunger.

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