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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) circumcision
    term for circumcision and, figuratively, for the entire time from the circumcision itself to the 'kamir iataw kaur' ceremony.
  •  n penis sheath
    of newly circumcised boys, made from leaves.
  •  n penis sheath
    of adult men, made of vegetal fibers.
  •  n custom
    important ceremony, which begins with the circumcision of young boys and ends after about three months by their ceremonial presentation to the village during 'kamir iataw kaur'.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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