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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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  •  v tear
    if the people acting are more than one, 'haipu' is used instead. Ex.: Iamwén apa lé nekin nasuman kani mahapu tahak napen.  ~ I went working to the garden and I tore my clothes.
  •  v pull down
    a traditional house. If the acting person is one only. cf.: 'haipu'. Ex.: Nima renawas, talauk khaipu.  ~ The house is already old. Tomorrow I will pull it down.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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