Diacritical Marks and the Samoan Language

dc.contributor.author Tualaulelei, Eseta Magaui en_US
dc.contributor.author Mayer, Fepuleai Lasei John en_US
dc.contributor.author Hunkin, Galumalemana A en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-05T21:01:17Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-05T21:01:17Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_US
dc.description.abstract The issue of diacritical marks in the Samoan orthography has long been a contentious one, and it is almost four decades now since the last serious attempt was made to review and reconcile the competing guidelines for their use. This article is aimed at promoting a better understanding of the function and use of diacritical marks (the glottal stop and the macron) in written Samoan, as the use of diacritics has important educational implications for students in introductory Samoan-language classes and in early reading programs in bilingual classes. It presents the historical context of the use of these symbols, their treatment in educational materials, and the contemporary situation in which inconsistency prevails. Using historical and linguistic analysis, it investigates how the use of diacritics became so variable and why some Samoan-language users do not consider them to be significant symbols. The article argues that diacritics should be used in the Samoan language, particularly for academic settings, and offers recommendations for teachers to assist with the Samoan language–learning classroom. Our key motivation is that the future of the Samoan language relies heavily on its transmission to younger generations, and for this we need an unambiguous, consistent orthography. en_US
dc.format.extent 25 pages en_US
dc.identifier.citation Tualaulelei, E. M., Mayer, F. L. J., and Hunkin, G. A. 2015. Diacritical Marks and the Samoan Language. The Contemporary Pacific 27 (1): 183-207. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/38769
dc.publisher University of Hawai‘i Press en_US
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies en_US
dc.subject Samoan language en_US
dc.subject diacritics en_US
dc.subject glottal stop en_US
dc.subject Pacific linguistics en_US
dc.subject Samoan history en_US
dc.subject orthography en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals en_US
dc.title Diacritical Marks and the Samoan Language en_US
dc.type Other en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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