By George Pratt
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Extra info for A Samoan Dictionary: With A Short Grammar Of The Samoan Dialect
The third quantity is limited to a very few words. E, i, o, u are pronounced as in Continental languages. Each of them has both a long and short quantity; as pepe, dead; tiga, pain; titi, girdle of ti; popo, to pat; popo, dry; pupu, ironbound coast. G (nga) is always nasal, as ng in sing. L (la) the same as in English, except when preceded by either a, o, or u, and followed by i, when it is pronounced by most natives as soft r, almost approaching to a d sound, for which it is substituted, in similar situations, in the pronunciation of New Zealand words: as kirikiri, pronounced kidikidi; so in Samoan aliali is pronounced ariari; olioli is pronounced oriori; uliuli as uriuri.
After a verb, with the pronoun ia; as ‘ua alofa tele mai ‘o ia, he loves greatly. 5. Before proper names following titles; as ‘O le ali‘i, ‘o Muliaga. O le ali‘i Muliaga would mean, Muliaga is a chief. The ‘o is omitted—1. Before a descriptive noun in apposition: ‘o Ioane le papatiso, John the Baptist. 2. It is usually omitted when the verb precedes it; as ‘Ua taugagaifo le la, The sun is towards the west. 3. After the conjunctive ma; ‘o le tane ma le fafine, the man and the woman. 3. It is often omitted in poetry: Fagali‘i ma Selea le fanua, Fagali‘i and Selea, the land.
O i matou ‘o tufuga, We (exclusive) are carpenters. ‘O i tatou ‘o le ‘auva‘a, We (inclusive) are the crew. ‘O outou ‘o le ‘au‘oso, You are the food-gatherers. ‘O i latou ‘o tagata ‘ese, They are strangers. Ou te i ai, I will be there. E te i ai, thou wilt be there. E i ai o ia, he will be there. Dual Ma te i ai, we two (exclusive) will be there. Ta te i ai, we two (inclusive) will be there. Lua te i ai, you two will be there. La te i ai, they two will be there. Matou te i ai, we (exclusive) will be there.
A Samoan Dictionary: With A Short Grammar Of The Samoan Dialect by George Pratt