After recording an old man's story in the Gende language, I asked Ruge to tell the same story (about World War II) in tok pisin. Ruge introduced the story with these sentences:

"Nau dispela nait. Bomai stori long taim emi kisim tultul na luluai long en. Nau mi laik stori, nau olsem mi yet mi witness long wokim olsem pisin."


Now this night, Bomai told a story about the time he was made a village leader by the government. Now I want to tell the story, like a witness, translating it into pidgin.

Copyright 1996 by Laura Tamakoshi and Brian Cross