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Title: Grammar and Vocabulary of the Samoan Language
Written By: H. Neffgen
Series Title: LINCOM Gramatica 30

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

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 etymological
forms are constructed by the employment of particles attached to the roots,
thereby forming agglutinative or polysynthetic words, the particles being
sometimes strung one after the other throughout an entire sentence. For
example: 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 the

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

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).

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Samoan
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862900299
Pages: 160
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