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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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nek té katanek 
  •  n blue porterweed
     (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis), lit. "tree of Katanek" (female name). Often by ignorance of its true name, it is mistakenly called 'iakestil'. Branches that grow from a common stem is used for a game called 'iakestil'. It is used to treat diarrhea in children. A small branch is chewed to release its juices. The juice is then put into the babies mouth.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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