LINGUIST List 21.4341

Sat Oct 30 2010

Books: Language Documentation: Neffgen

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        1.     Ulrich Lueders , Grammar and Vocabulary of the Samoan Language: Neffgen

Message 1: Grammar and Vocabulary of the Samoan Language: Neffgen
Date: 21-Oct-2010
From: Ulrich Lueders <>
Subject: Grammar and Vocabulary of the Samoan Language: Neffgen
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Title: Grammar and Vocabulary of the Samoan Language Series Title: LINCOM Gramatica 30 Published: 2010 Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: H. Neffgen Paperback: ISBN: 9783862900299 Pages: 160 Price: Europe EURO 48.80

The Samoan is a branch of the Malay-Polynesian language, which is spreadover the whole island world of the Pacific Ocean from Madagascar to SouthAmerica, and is to be found (with its various dialects) in the Melanesian,Malayan, and Polynesian groups of islands. It is one of the numerousPolynesian tongues which are in use over the eastern and south-eastern areaof Malay-Polynesia, extending, roughly, from New Zealand to the HawaiianIslands.

The Samoan alphabet is comprised of only fourteen letters—five vowels, a,e, i, o, u, and nine consonants, f, g, l, m, n, p, s, t, v; d and b are never used;h, k, and r only occurring in words of foreign origin, as auro, gold; areto,bread; ki, key. All words have a vowel termination, and their etymologicalforms are constructed by the employment of particles attached to the roots,thereby forming agglutinative or polysynthetic words, the particles beingsometimes strung one after the other throughout an entire sentence. Forexample: fa'a, to cause, and 'uma, quite, all; fa'a'uma, to finish, terminate; fia,to be willing; inu, to drink; fiainu, to be thirsty; and so on (adopted from theintroduction).

Contents: Pronunciation, word system (noun, adjective, pronouns, the verb,numerals, etc.), selections for reading, remarks on some of the points ofsimilarity between the Samoan and the Tahitian and Maori languages,vocabulary.

This re-edition has been published as no. 30 in the LINCOM Gramatica(LINGram) series (originally published 1918, London, written in English,translated from German by Arnold B. Stock).

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Samoan (smo)
Written In: English (eng )

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