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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 game
    an old game where one tries to find an edible fruit which is the very last one (after the season) or the very first one (before the season) and envelopes it in many different leaves and fastens it with several kinds of vines until the pack is very large, then brings it to a nakamal. Other players are supposed to unwrap one by one the leaves and the vines and tell their names until they get to the fruit. The aim of the game is to learn plant names.

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