4 Jun 2013

Samoan language threatened, says Head of State

9:46 am on 4 June 2013

Samoa's Head of State, Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi, used his address at last weekend's 51st anniversary of independence celebrations to draw attention to the plight of the Samoan language.

He lamented that the Samoan language, like the languages of other small Pacific island countries, faces threat of loss.

The Head of State said because of increasing demands for English language television, radio, movies and literature, the English language threatens to usurp Samoan, in a way similar to which the sea today threatens to usurp Tuvalu.