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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 nekava  (Piper methysticum)
  •  n nekava aramara 
     (Piper methysticum), cf.: 'tapuga'.
  •  n nekava pwia  (Piper methysticum), lit. "smooth", after texture of its stems. Species that has greyish-green stems with dark spots.
  •  n sumariag  (Piper methysticum), another name for 'tapuga'.
  •  n nekava iam iripar  (Piper methysticum), cultivar similar to 'nekava iam' with thick stems.
  •  n nekava iam malamala  (Piper methysticum), cultivar similar to 'nekava iam' with thin stems.
  •  n nekava meta  (Piper methysticum), cultivar with beige stems.
  •  n nekava iaken  (Piper methysticum), cultivar with light green spotted stems.
  •  n nekava iam  (Piper methysticum), cultivar with light green stems with dark spots.
  •  n tapuga 
     (Piper methysticum), grown in a particular way and traditionally offered on special occasions such as 'kaur'.
  •  n nukenekava 
    its root. cf.: 'nuk-'.
  •  n numa nakwuiam 
    leaves of a wild species. May be used to make a kind of "stretcher" able to support the weight of a small person. The leaves are "glued" by chewed leaves of 'nases'. cf.: 'nakwuiam'.
  •  n nalemenekava part of the plant. Its strong branches. lit. "arms of kava".
  •  n kamiaram nekava part of the plant. Small "shoots" found on 'nélkenekava'. They may grow enough to form a secondary plant of kava out of the mother plant.
  •  n nektupen nekava part of the plant. Small thin roots.
  •  n tahan kahapa nekava part of the plant. The thick central part of the root. lit. "head of kava".
  •  n nélkenekava part of the plant. The thick central root. lit. "the leg of kava".
  •  n nousu lé nekava part of the plant. Thicker roots.
  •  n nowanhalénekava part of the plant. Young thin branches. lit. "eggs of kava".
  •  n nekava fila  (Piper methysticum), species originally from Éfaté.
  •  n nekava malamala 
     (Piper methysticum), term for a cultivar with thin stems.
  •  n nakwuiam 
     (Macropiper latifolium), wild species with dark-colored stems, not used for human consumption to brew kava. In a mix called "kaluk" its crushed leaves are mixed with grated coconut are used as a "soap" when bathing. According to a legend this kind of kava was drank by stones in ancient times before humans and the ordinary kava appeared. After that spirits 'iarames' appeared out of the stones and they drank the 'nakwuiam' kava.
  •  n nakwuiam aswas  (Macropiper latifolium), wild species, lit. "small 'nakwuiam'". Not used for human consumption.

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

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