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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 kaléleg 
    name for any kind of mushroom, edible or not.
  •  n kaléleg lé nek edible species that often grows on rotting mango tree trunks.
  •  n nepetué 
    edible species. Grows on the ground. It is said that one should stomp on the ground on places where these mushroom usually grows and call 'nepetué' for a plentiful harvest.
  •  n kaléleg mélekem inedible species found on dead wood.
  •  n kaléleg iakes
    inedible species growing on coconut trunks.
  •  n nepawen namihew
    large species growing only on trunks of 'lipag' and 'namihew' trees. It is edible and appreciated for its taste.
  •  n kaléleg té nepakau
    species. Heated over the fire is used as a "plaster" to be put on sores.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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