Ethnologue: Areas: Pacific

American Samoa

43,000 (1995). Literacy rate 98% to 99%. A USA territory. 6 islands: Tutuila, Aunuu, Manua Islands (Tau, Olosega, Ofu), Rose, Swain's. Also includes Tokelau 100 (1970), Tongan 800, Korean and Japanese 1,500. Christian. The number of languages listed for American Samoa is 2.

ENGLISH [ENG] 1,248 first language speakers in American Samoa, foreign born (1970 census); 15,050 mainly second language speakers, representing 75% of native born population; 322,000,000 in all countries (1995 WA). Indo-European, Germanic, West, North Sea, English. National language. Bible 1535-1989. NT 1525-1985. Bible portions 1530-1987.

SAMOAN [SMY] 38,700 in American Samoa (1995), 90% of the population; 153,000 in Western Samoa; 50,000 in New Zealand (1989); 30,000 to 35,000 in Hawaii (1996); 90,000 on USA west coast (California and Washington); possibly 300 to 1,000 in Fiji; 362,000 or more in all countries. Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, East Fijian-Polynesian, Polynesian, Nuclear, Samoic-Outlier, Samoan. There are only minor regional dialect differences, but great phonological and lexical differences between formal and colloquial speech. Speakers in American Samoa are highly bilingual in English. Fishermen, canning. Christian. Braille code available. Bible 1855-1970. NT 1846-1982. Bible portions 1836-1847.


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