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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 (ancient term, generic term) custom
    from 'ol' - do, and 'awas' - old, related to ancestors. A word describing the way of life and identity of the people, today by ignorance of the true term often replaced by the Bislama equivalent 'kastom'.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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