Language of Samoa

The Samoan language is the traditional language of Samoa and American Samoa and is an official language alongside English in both jurisdictions. It is a member of the Austronesian family, and more specifically the Samoic branch of the Polynesian subphylum. There are approximately 400,000 Samoan-speakers worldwide, nearly half of who live in the Samoan Islands. Thereafter, the greatest concentration is in New Zealand, where people of Samoan ethnicity comprise the fifth largest group after New Zealand European, Maori, New Zealander and Chinese.
Writing Systems
The Samoan alphabet consists of 15 letters, plus three (H, K, R) that are only used in loanwords: In formal Samoan, /k/ is only found in puke! ‘catch!’. However, in colloquial speech /t/ has come to be pronounced [k], and in addition /n/ has merged with /n/ as [n].
/l/ is pronounced [r] after a back vowel (/a, o, u/) and an /i/. /s/ is less sibilant than in English.
Grammar
Like many Austronesian languages, Samoan has separate words for inclusive and exclusive we, and distinguishes singular, dual, and plural. The root for the inclusive pronoun may occur in the singular, in which case it indicates emotional involvement on the part of the speaker.
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