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The changing face of the Samoa language
05-06-2016 - RNZI.

The arrival of missionaries and consuls, foreign diplomats, to Samoa in the mid-18th and early 19th centuries amplified the Samoan language and cultural contact with Western civilisation.

How did these contacts change let Gagana Samoa or the Samoan language?
Le'ausālilō Lupematasila Fata Au'afa Sadat Muaiava, a lecturer in the Samoan Studies programme at Va'aomanu Pasifika, Victoria University, is completing his PhD in Pacific Studies and his thesis examines text-based changes to the Samoan language between 1906-2014.

Le'ausālilō spoke to Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor about some of his research.