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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 prayer
    to local spirits and gods and today sometimes as syncretism to the Christian God, performed when spitting after having drank kava by saying 'temahwa' and adding ones wish or request. During the time of 'kaur' it is customary to organize about four 'temahwa' along with distribution of laplaps, to wish the circumcised boys good healing of their wounds.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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