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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 prop mawuk 
  •  n mawuk ramépép malwia 
    full, lit. "the Moon knocks on butterflyfish".
  •  n nati tawar 
    full. A more common term than 'mawuk ramépép malwia'. Means that when the sun is setting, the Moon just appears above the mountains.
  •  n nail ratuatu 
    in its first quarter. lit. "it stays straight", meaning that in the sky the Moon appears straight in the zenith in the evening.
  •  n numanmel 
    in its last quarter and especially as a waning crescent.
  •  n mawuk wi 
    when it appears as a waxing crescent on the sky.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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