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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 spirit
    family of 'iarames'. Sometimes making noise in the jungle in the night. They join groups of people walking in the night to dance on customary celebrations. They can be persuaded to kill a man. Their dwelling place is in "Imakalwasmin" (lit. "home of many 'kalwas'").
  •  n banyan
    considered to be the female banyan and the wife of 'namkenen'. Its flexible aerial roots are used as ropes and the stronger ones are used as beams in house construction.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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