Saami, South Language (sma)

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Also Known As: Northern Lappish,Lapp,Norwegian Lapp,Southern Lapp,Same,Samic,Saami,Saami, South


Southern Sami is the south-westernmost of the Sami languages. It is a seriously endangered language; the last strongholds of this language are the municipalities of Snåsa and Hattfjelldal in Norway. There are approximately 2000 people considered ethnically Southern Sami in Norway and Sweden, but only approximately 500 of them can fluently speak the language. Southern Sami is one of the six Sami languages that has an official written language, but only a few books have been published for the language, one of which is a good-size Southern Sami-Norwegian dictionary. Southern Sami uses the latin alphabet: A/a, B/b, D/d, E/e, F/f, G/g, H/h, I/i, (Ï/ï), J/j, K/k, L/l, M/m, N/n, O/o, P/p, R/r, S/s, T/t, U/u, V/v, Y/y, Æ/æ, Ø/ø, Å/å An alternative orthography replaces Æ/æ with Ä/ä and Ø/ø with Ö/ö. The variants Ä/ä, Ö/ö are used in Sweden, Æ/æ, Ø/ø in Norway, in accordance with the usage in Swedish and Norwegian. The Ï/ï represents a back version of I/i, many texts do not distinguish between the two. C/c, Q/q, W/w, X/x, Z/z are used in words of foreign origin.

Southern Sami has two dialects, the northern and the southern dialect. The phonological differences between the dialects are..... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Saami, South Language Speakers


Main Country: Sweden
Spoken In:

Regions: Europe

ISO 639-3 Code: sma

Classification Taxonomy

All Languages

  Uralic Group

    Finno-Ugric Group

      Finno-Permic Group

        Finno-Cheremisic Group

          Finno-Mordvinic Group

            Finno-Lappic Group

              Lappic Group

                Southern Lappic Group

                  Saami, South Language