Samoan

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A language of Samoa

Population

199,000 in Samoa (1999). Population total all countries: 413,257.

Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (1960, Constitution, Article 54).

Dialects

No significant dialect variation, but important register-based distinctions in phonology. Lexical similarity: 70% with Wallisian [wls], 67% with Rarotongan [rar], 66% with Tongan [ton].

Typology

VSO.

Language Development
New media. Dictionary. Bible: 1855–1970.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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