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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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  •  v atalapag 
    a bag, a basket. Ex.: Atalapag taham karem ik lasipen nar kér.  ~ Open your basket so I can put something in it.
  •  v héta 
    the door. Ex.: Héta la tapen pas ikwéna mapel.  ~ Open the door, so I can enter and sleep., a usual phrase used at times when one comes back late in the night and finds the door of the house, where he sleeps, closed.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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