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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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red-bellied fruit-dove

  •  (generic term) n penoha lew 
     (Ptilinopus greii)
  •  n penoha mes 
     (Ptilinopus greii), juveniles only as their plumage is very different to adult doves. The last part of the name 'mes' meaning "dying", referring to its "sickly" voice. Sacred bird. If eaten by a child, it will get illness called 'mének ramiwuk'.
  •  n penoha limlim 
     (Ptilinopus greii), juveniles only. It is said that 'penoha limlim' comes to trees whose fruit is just getting ripe and test it day by day until it is ready, after he brings the elder 'penoha lew' to that tree to feed.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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