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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 tree
     (Semecarpus vitiensis), species. Its sap is severely irritant to the skin and causes blisters. To prevent this from happening, one should face the tree and pronounce the name-changing phrase "io 'nihla', ik N" - "I am 'nihla', and you are N" (where N is the name of the person). Worms 'prisin' may be found in its trunk. Eating them may cause a skin reaction in certain people.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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