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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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  •  n iarapat 
    from 'ieram pat' - "man from the inland". Somebody unexperienced on the sea. Often said of people from 'Ikpat' area. cf.: 'iarafa'. Ex.: Naramim Ituga narafa aken, mero naramim Lamlu narapat.  ~ People from Ituga are greatly experienced fishermen, but people from Lamlu have no idea of the sea.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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