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Dictionary of Netwar (Lenakel language)

This is the first ever extensive dictionary of Netwar language (western Tanna, Republic of Vanuatu) published online. It is the fruit of several years of my work among the inhabitants of the island of Tanna. It contains translations of local expressions, pronunciation recordings and photographic documentation. Its purpose is to help in the preservation of the language and in passing it to the young generation.

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  •  (generic term) n nam 
  •  v wi 
     Ex.: Iakawi nam tawék.  ~ Today, I am fishing.
  •  n umé 
    generic term for fishes with a hump on the head. Ex.: green humphead parrotfish ~ makam umé
  •  n kotéa 
    poisonous species.
  •  n kulap 
    species of a large marine fish with large eyes.
  •  n metu 
    species of deep sea.
  •  n iahak 
    species probably feeding on coral. Man who eats a lot of it will lose his teeth. Children must not eat it at all. cf.: 'ihi'.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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