Southern Sámi (Åarjelsaemien gïele)

Southern Sámi is a variety of Western Sámi spoken in parts of Norway and Sweden, particularly in the municipalities of Snåsa and Hattfjelldal in Norway, by about 600 of the 2,000 of so Southern Sámi people. Southern Sámi as two dialects: northern and southern, with only small differences between them.

The Southern Sámi orthography currently in use was approved by the Sámi Language Board in 1976. Only a few books have been published Southern Sámi, including Southern Sámi-Norwegian dictionary.

Southern Sámi is taught in nursery and primary schools in Snåsa and Hattfjelldal, and in a number of high schools. There are also courses in Southern Sámi in one college, and local newspapers publish articles in the language. Efforts are being made to widen its use.

A a B b D d E e F f G g H h I i J j K k L l M m
a be de e æf/äf ge i je æl/lä æm/äm
N n O o P p R r S s T t U u V v Y y Æ æ Ø ø Å å
æn/än o pe ær/är æs/äs te u ve y æ/ä ø/ö å

Notes

  • The letters c, ï, q, w, x, z, ä and ö are also used, but only in foreign loanwords.
  • The letters æ and ø are used in Norway, while ä and ö are used in Sweden.

Southern Sámi pronunciation (northern dialect)

Southern Sámi pronunciation

Notes

  • The sounds /i/ and /ɨ/ are normally written <i>, but in dictionaries and other linguistically precise sources use the letter ï for /ɨ/.
  • Long vowels are written by doubling the letters, e.g. åå = /o:/

Sample text in Southern Sámi

Vuelie hov aalka buerkiestidh gåmmebem, Aanna, jïh fierhten beajjetje guvviem dej guaktaj jielemisnie lea. Iemie deahpadimmieh, tjelmiej uvte guvvieh båetieh, guktie govltelæjja vuajna guktie Aanna lea gåetesne nosseminie, dållem nastehteminie. Altese sijjiem dej guaktaj ektievyösemisnie daennie dajvesne, altese barkoem, gåetieiemedine. Jïh seammaaejkien joejkije måjhta guktie jïenehke lea tsoevtsesne jårreminie. Mijjieh hov aerviedibie lea buaredh jïh baahke giesiebiejjen, ihke bovtse bijjene vaeresne jårreminie gårmaj laaremistie. Dagke mujhtehte bovtsem gosse vuajna govnh jïh sjïjlh seamma laakan bïjre svïhtjeminie, jårreminie gosse nastehte. Jis naan aejkien nimhtie tjahkesjamme dållen sjïjlide giehtjedamme, dellie hov aelhkie guarkedh magkarine damtesisnie jïh meanosne Næjla Meehte lij, raaktan goh sealoe geavoemisnie gosse gïehtjede sjïjlh jårreminie. Aelhkebe aaj baajedh åssjalommeside juhtiehtidh gosse nimhtie tjahkesjen, jïh hævvi aaj vualan skejkiehtidh dagkarine domtesisnie.

Source: http://www.calliidlagadus.org/web/index.php?sladja=51

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Links

Information about Southern Sámi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Sámi_language

Online Southern Sámi courses
http://giellatekno.uit.no/words/dicts/index-sma.nno.html
http://snl.no/sørsamer

Southern Sámi phrases

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Southern Sámi dictionary
http://giellatekno.uit.no/words/dicts/index-sma.nno.html
http://snl.no/sørsamer

Southern Sámi grammar
http://oahpa.no/sma/gramm/grammatikk.nob.html

Sámi languages

Inari Sámi, Kildin Sámi, Lule Sámi, Northern Sámi, Pite Sámi, Skolt Sámi, Southern Sámi, Ter Sámi, Ume Sámi

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet