Languages

Lenakel

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Introduction

Lenakel is a language of Vanuatu. It is spoken in West central Tanna. .

Dialects

Ikyoo, Itonga, Loanatit, Nerauya. Complex dialect chain; up to 10 dialects (Wurm and Hattori 1981).

The Lenakel Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitekəs
to blowhal, ilíl
to breatheamiŋ
to burnvaan
to buyos nəmr-n
to chewamai
to choosehaukər
to climbət
to comeva
to cookviin
to countavhín
to cryasak
to cut, hackarai
to die, be deadməs
to digil
to dreamamel-ait
to drinkamnuumw
to eatkən
to falləm
to fearəŋn
to flowaih
to flyivək
to growipwər
to heararou
to hideelhuaiŋ
to hitho
to holdos
to hunteukpən
to killhoapwnín
to know, be knowledgeablehinatín
to laughəlhieelh
to lie downamel
to live, be aliveamiuh
to open, uncoveratita
to plantsu
to pound, beatatia
to sayəni
to scratchaki
to seeaamh
to sewtil
to shootəru
to sitowta
to sleepapul
to sniff, smellarou
to spitaŋh
to splitarpiai
to squeezeavət
to stab, pierceətik
to standail
to stealaklha
to sucktəm
to swellasiis
to swimaik
to thinknəki-n r-ho
to throwatkín
to tie up, fastenəliis
to turnaləlín
to walkaliuok
to vomiteua
to workasumw
to yawnouaŋ-taat

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