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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 epiphyte
    any species with short, grass-like leaves, lit. "leaves of small boys". According to a legend, in ancient times a group of small boys was watching from a hidden place the stones performing their 'nekowiar' while the grey fantail or 'tekiskisek' performed a dance. At one point, the 'tekiskisek' did a wrong movement. This scared the stones and made them run away. The young boys were frightened of being discovered so they climbed up the trees and were transformed into 'numankuku'.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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