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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 vine
     (Entada phaseoloides), the flexible parts are used as strings to attach yams to poles for transport during customary exchanges e.g. the 'kaur' ceremony. The dried fruit is used to make rattling arm bands for dance. The water found inside the vine is drinkable and is used for treating back aches and for the 'naumus' illness. Its skin is repeatedly hit with wooden stick until it peels off. Bands of the skin are then used as exceptionally strong ropes for house construction.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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