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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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coconut tree

  •  (generic term) n nién  (Cocos nucifera)
  •  n sliu 
     (Cocos nucifera), "twins", two palms sprouting from one coconut.
  •  n pamimera  (Cocos nucifera), species producing nuts with green skin.
  •  n tuan 
     (Cocos nucifera), species producing nuts with light yellow skin.
  •  n ianam léwléw 
     (Cocos nucifera), species producing nuts with reddish or violet husk and orange skin. Its water is used to wash young boys immediately after the circumcision. cf.: 'kaur'.
  •  n pometa  (Cocos nucifera), species producing nuts with yellow-orange skin.
  •  n rik  (Cocos nucifera), species producing only small inflorescences and its nuts are easy to pick.
  •  n gep 
     (Cocos nucifera), species producing small and tender nuts. The husk of young nuts is eaten.
  •  n paha 
     (Cocos nucifera), species producing small greenish yellow nuts.
  •  n iéru 
     (Cocos nucifera), species producing very large nuts, used for fabrication of kava shells.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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