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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 (generic term) wind
    the local culture knows 16 different names of winds. Today, this knowledge is kept only by few elders and the people specialized in weather magic - the 'ieram ramol nihin' and 'ieram ramol nemankat'. Seven of the winds are associated with rain and with the collared kingfisher 'kawhité', the nine others are associated with dry weather and Polynesian triller 'wulawula'.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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