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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 ieramara 
    man. Title meaning the highest social status in local hierarchy. His "subordinates" are the 'naotupunes' and 'ieniniko', who both work for him and the three together form the foundations of customary life and of the village social structure.
  •  expr ieramin aramara 
    men or women.
  •  n peran ramara 
    woman. Title meaning high social status in local hierarchy.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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