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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 kaur 
    term for circumcision and, figuratively, for the entire time from the circumcision itself to the 'kamir iataw kaur' ceremony.
  •  expr iarames ramol kaur 
    done not by men, but by 'iarames'. Sometimes a boy at age of circumcision is found by his family to be instantaneously, often overnight, circumcised and the wound healed by a 'iarames', in which case the family does not follow the usual 'kaur' ceremony. Sometimes such family is glad and says, that the 'iarames' helped them as the 'kaur'-making expenses are considerable. cf.: 'kaur'.
  •  n iakmen 
    special manner of circumcision reserved to boys from village chief families. Consists in cutting only the upper part of foreskin.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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