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Extinct: no
Family: Malayo-Polynesian
Branch: Polynesian
Continent: Australia
Country: Western Samoa
 
Region: Also spoken in American Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga, USA.
Countries Where Spoken: 199,377 in Samoa, 93% of population (1999). Population total all countries 426,394. American Samoa.
Countries Where Official: Western Samoa
   
Native Speakers: 426,394
Speakers Total: 426,394
  
Phrasebase members who speak Samoan at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Samoan at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Samoan: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Samoan: 0
  
Three Letter Code: SMY
Alternative Names: none
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Summary: No significant dialect variations, but important register-based distinctions in the phonology. The talking chiefs" dialect is very different; most Samoans have difficulty understanding it. 70% lexical similarity with Wallisian, 67% with Rarotongan, 66% with Tongan, 62% with Paumotu. Official language. Dictionary. VSO. Agriculturalists. Christian. Bible 1855-1970.
 

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