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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 tree
     (Pittosporum campbelli), the entire plant is aromatic. During yam planting into 'tow', its leaves are burnt inside the pit where yams are planted to ensure good crop. Yams are said to "like" the smell of the leave. Drinking an infusion of its boiled bark cures the 'namesan taha kahau' sickness.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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