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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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nakharan awas 

  •  n language
    kind of language and expressions used by the ancients in old times, as contrasted to the 'netwar' language used nowadays, when people are losing "proper" expressions and the language becomes poorer. Old traditional songs often employ words from 'nakharan awas' that people nowadays do not understand, or only very little.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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