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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 custom
    important ceremony consisting in offering a large number of yams and pigs. After some time the beneficiary does a 'niél' of the same size for the donor. An important custom fostering relations between individuals and communities.
  •  n friend
  •  n brother-in-law
    of a man.
  •  n coast sheoak
     (Casuarina equisetifolia), hard wood. Serves to make large clubs used for killing pigs during traditional ceremonies.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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