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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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purification

  •  expr awota apa le nu 
    lit. "sit down to water". Ritual everyday washing of young boys after circumcision during 'kaur' in villages on the seashore, where boys would go washing themselves to the sea. cf.: 'awota apa lahau'.
  •  expr awota apa lahau 
    lit. "sit down". Ritual everyday washing of young boys after circumcision during 'kaur' in villages in hills, where boys would go down to the sea or rivers to wash themselves. cf.: 'awota apa le nu'.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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