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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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  •  (inalienable, generic term) n numamwi- 
     Ex.: Numamwimak ratol?  ~ What color is the plumage of common emerald dove?
  •  n kweria apam 
    an object made of raptor (and possibly fowl) feathers, worn on special occasions such as 'nekowiar' by men of high social status.
  •  n naio 
    colored, worn in hair by men and women during customary celebrations.
  •  n naio 
    from roosters' tail. Worn on head during customary ceremonies.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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