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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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cicadae 'iawitaleg' carry shoots of yams

  •  expr iawitaleg min kamailis nuwian nuw 
    expression used for the part of the year, when cicadae 'iawitaleg' start to sing. It is said, that those cicadae carry on their backs the young shoots of newly planted yams out of the ground.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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