[An-lang] papa

David Gunn dagunn at email.uophx.edu
Mon Oct 20 02:48:12 UTC 2003


Hello - I'm interested in the word "papa".  I read recently that this word means "father" in Maori and Moriori.  I know "papa" means rock or a board in some Polynesian languages. I just want to know how far the word "papa" is used throughout Polynesia in the sense of "father" or having something to do with geneology.  I also want to know if the word is definitley of Polynesian origin as opposed to being a European loan word. 

If you'd like to answer straight to my email, you can reply to dagunn at uophx.edu

Thanks!

David Gunn
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