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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 kaliawen 
    shark meat has a certain smell. It is said that the shark got this smell when 'Mwatiktik' once tasted its meat. He found it delicious and wanted keep it for himself only. To discourage others from eating it, he urinated on the shark, giving it its smell.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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