Collection MS 17 - Dictionnaire de Mekeo

Dictionnaire de Mekeo, Reel 1, pp.1-135 Dictionnaire de Mekeo, Reel 1, pp.136-271 Dictionnaire de Mekeo, Reel 1, pp.272-407 Dictionnaire de Mekeo, Reel 1, pp.408-541 Dictionnaire de Mekeo, Reel 2, pp.1-127 Dictionnaire de Mekeo, Reel 2, pp.128-255 Dictionnaire de Mekeo, Reel 2, pp.256-380 Dictionnaire de Mekeo, Reel 2, pp.381-506 Dictionnaire de Mekeo, Reel 2, pp.507-631
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Dictionnaire de Mekeo


  • 1933 (Creation)

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Father Gustave Desnoes, MSC, a Frenchman, was born in 1888. He went to Papua as a missionary in 1906 and returned to France in 1927 because of poor health. This dictionary was compiled from language notes made by more than a dozen priests. Fr. Desnoes compiled the dictionary and completed his transcription of the Mekeo dictionary in 1933 at La Betheline, Chateau Gombert. Typing of the manuscript was completed at Veifa'a in 1942.

A dictionary in French of the Mekeo language of Papua, originally in 10 books and recopied in two volumes.

Reel 1: Vol.1 - completed in 1933. Typed in 1941. Entries A - I
Reel 2: Vol.2 - completed August 8, 1933. Typed in 1942. Entries K - U.

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Dr H. Bluhme, Linguistics, School of General Studies, Australian National University, Canberra

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Digitised in April 2016. These reels were split into 9 PDFs for the digital version.

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