17 Sep 2012

American Samoa leader sets up language academy

6:54 pm on 17 September 2012

An American Samoa Culture Arts Academy has been set up by the Governor Togiola Tulafono.

One of its main purposes is to establish a Samoan Language Institute, where the language, and its origins, meanings, diction, grammar and usage will be studied extensively.

A Samoan-English words transformation institute will also be established to properly transform as many words as practicable from English into Samoan, and to compile a comprehensive Samoan-English dictionary.

With many technological changes which do not have Samoan translations the tendency has been to use a word that sounds very similar to the English term.

The academy is established as a non-profit, standalone statutory body.