Dictionary of Netwar (Lenakel language)
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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 shark, shark meat has a certain smell. It is said that the shark got this smell when 'Mwatiktik' once tasted its meat. He found it delicious and wanted keep it for himself only. To discourage others from eating it, he urinated on the shark, giving it its smell.
- n mat, woven with two coconut leaves facing one each other. Its pattern reminds of shark teeth, which gave it its name. It is sometimes used to cover the top of the roof of traditional houses.
Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)