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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 kava
     (Macropiper latifolium), wild species with dark-colored stems, not used for human consumption to brew kava. In a mix called "kaluk" its crushed leaves are mixed with grated coconut are used as a "soap" when bathing. According to a legend this kind of kava was drank by stones in ancient times before humans and the ordinary kava appeared. After that spirits 'iarames' appeared out of the stones and they drank the 'nakwuiam' kava.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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