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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 plant
    parasitic species, grows on other trees. It is said to grow "without trunk and roots" and when the host tree dies, it dies with it. The name 'nekesekes' is also used figuratively to describe people who forgot their "roots" - the village and the traditional way of life.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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