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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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  •  (inalienable, generic term) n nauge- 
  •  n nekowisel 
    branches of coconut tree inflorescence, sometimes used as a broom or to make 'laén'.
  •  v augen 
    of any tree except banana tree. cf.: 'iuk'. Ex.: Magko renaugen.  ~ The mango tree is already flowering.
  •  v iuk 
    only about bananas. cf.: 'augen'. Ex.: Nepen ramiuk.  ~ The banana tree is flowering.

Speaker: Clément Kapalu (Lowanatom) , Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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