Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Samoa in the News

The independent nation of Samoa, formerly known as Western Samoa, will be establishing a Samoan Language Commission to ensure the perpetuation and deliberate teaching of the now official Samoan language.

(Can someone more familiar with language policy tell me why it would take so long for a nation like Samoa to establish its native language as its official language?)

I'm interested in what kinds of texts will be produced to teach what is still largely an oral tradition. I'm also curious as to whether the official policy will be to emphasize or largely ignore the diacritical marks that ensure proper pronunciation.

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