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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 talipapa 
    made of pandanus leaves, cf.: 'metiwén'.
  •  n kaliawen 
    woven with two coconut leaves facing one each other. Its pattern reminds of shark teeth, which gave it its name. It is sometimes used to cover the top of the roof of traditional houses.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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