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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
     (Pisonia umbellifera), species. It is used to summon rain. Its grated skin is added into the fodder of piglets to help them grow well. Its fruits contains a sticky liquid that is slathered in large quantities around plants like taro to protect them from fruit-eating birds as the birds get glued to the fruit.

Speaker: Clément Kapalu (Lowanatom)

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