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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 fern
    species. Used in the same manner as the 'katihwata té iagnameta' during circumcision. Before the existence of human beings, its roots were eaten by the stones.
  •  n fern
    family of several fern species. Women place these leaves in their baskets and hit them with their hands during the 'napenapen' dance .

Speaker: Clément Kapalu (Lowanatom)

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