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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 tauar 
  •  n prop Tahgen 
    behind the village of Lamapruan.
  •  (ancient term) n prop Forépa 
    old name for the 'Tukosmera' mountain.
  •  n prop Tukosmera 
    the highest peak of Tanna, sacred place and dwelling place of god 'Kalpapen'. lit. "green mountain". cf.: 'Forépa'.
  •  n tanepes 
    whose ridge ends inside the island. cf.: 'tanitou'.
  •  n tanitou 
    whose ridge goes all the way down to the seashore. cf.: 'tanepes'.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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