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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 meliak
    family of several ground-dwelling gecko species.
  •  n iuwau 
    family of several tree-dwelling gecko species.
  •  n napuram (Nactus pelagicus), ground-dwelling species. Part of family 'iuwau'.
  •  n iuwau  (Gehyra oceanica), indigenous species, touching it may provoke the 'iuwau ramol' sickness.
  •  n iuwau 
     (Hemidactylus sp.), introduced species, which took its name from a local species, cf.: 'iuwau'.
  •  n iaru kaliawen 
    species with green back. Appears in the legend of shark ('kaliawen'), in which it chases the shark from the jungle to the sea and hence it has gained its name.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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