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'O Faia Fa'atumua O Samoa Mai Tala O Le Vavau (Nflrc Monographs) (Paperback)

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More so than most other Polynesian languages, the Samoan language is highly stratified. The common spoken form of Samoan used among friends and peers, for example, would be inappropriate for public speaking at both traditional and non-traditional gatherings. At these kinds of events, Gagana Fa'aaloalo (Respect Language) and Gagana Fa'afailauga (Chiefly Language/Oratory) are used. Both of these speech registers interweave into the language references to Samoan history, genealogies, and, more recently, the Christian bible. The first book in this series, 'o si manu a ali'i, was written primarily to provide linguistic background for these registers. This second book, 'O Faia Fa'atumua o Samoa mai Tala o le Vavau, provides the core knowledge necessary to understand the high level of interplay in Samoan oratory between language and history.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780980045994
ISBN-10: 0980045991
Publisher: National Foreign Langauge Resource Center
Publication Date: May 1st, 2011
Pages: 255
Language: English
Series: Nflrc Monographs