I decided to write a blog entry about family day today, not that I love to talk about it but I have loads of pictures taken during our 3-year round Damai Family Day celebration which are yet to be published. Our family day was brought into being in 2005 and continued through 2006 and 2007. The next celebration will be held in 2010. Family Day was intended to bring together the large family members who were dispersed all around the state and even from the peninsular. It main emphasis placed on families spending quality time together through numerous activities and competitions such as sports, talent time, tapai drinking competition and many more.
strengthening ties through tapai drinking session
Organizing such as event is not without its cost. Family members were obliged to pay an agreed amount of “entrance fee” to enable them to join the celebration. Fees collected from family members were used to finance the program starting from food and drinks to presents, gifts and liquors. It was a one-day occasion, starting from the early morning and ending late in the evening.
Family Day was indeed successful in strengthening ties with distant family members and further improving relations with the ones that you have already been acquainted with. It creates an atmosphere of solidarity and the feeling of being a member of a closely knitted family. I am looking forward to our next family day which will be held somewhere in October-December next year.
My mum and aunts
Dusun Word Formation
Dusun words formation can be carried out through several processes. One of that process is through affixation – the formation of new words with new meanings through the addition of prefixes, suffixes and infixes. The English Language only uses Prefixes and Suffixes.
Jangan kalapa sawit bah!
- Root or stem: surugau (Adjective – messy)
- Prefix: posurugau (Adjective – being messy)
- Suffix: posurugauon (verb – messed it)
- Infix: Sinurugau (Verb – was messed)
- Synonym : posogunggut
Compounding – is a process of forming new words through the combination of two or more independent words. They can be hyphenated (swimming-pool) closed (firefly) or open form (post office). They essentially formed new words with new meanings.
Dusun Word Formation: Compounding:
- tontok [hit (v) / suitable (adj)]
- tinan [body (n)]
- tontok-tinan ( noun – a person usually a partner which is suitable or appropriate to another person)
- sandad [natural/nature (n)]
- mantad [from (prep)]
- sandad-mantad [natural (adj)]
- tanak [boy (n)]
- wagu [new (adj)]
- tanak wagu [adolecent male (n)] – open form.
Reduplication – A process of forming new words either by doubling an entire word (total reduplication) or part of a word (partial reduplication)
- stem: karau [itch (n)]
- marau-karau [itching (v)(adj)] – partial reduplication.
- stem word: kirop [eyelashes (n)]
- mirop-kirop [blinking / winking (v)] – partial reduplication.
~ ~ Humour of the Day ~ ~
“Mirop-kirop ih Kudingking mongosod do taih”
“Kudingking was blinking his eyes while shitting”
[End of Part VII]
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