Samoan Braille

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Samoan Braille
Script type
Print basis
Samoan alphabet
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Samoan Braille is the braille alphabet of the Samoan language.[1] It is a subset of the basic braille alphabet,

⠁ (braille pattern dots-1) ⠑ (braille pattern dots-15) ⠋ (braille pattern dots-124) ⠛ (braille pattern dots-1245) ⠊ (braille pattern dots-24) ⠇ (braille pattern dots-123) ⠍ (braille pattern dots-134) ⠝ (braille pattern dots-1345) ⠕ (braille pattern dots-135) ⠏ (braille pattern dots-1234) ⠎ (braille pattern dots-234) ⠞ (braille pattern dots-2345) ⠥ (braille pattern dots-136) ⠧ (braille pattern dots-1236) ⠓ (braille pattern dots-125) ⠅ (braille pattern dots-13) ⠗ (braille pattern dots-1235)
a e f g i l m n o p s t u v h k r

supplemented by an additional letter to mark long vowels:

⠰ (braille pattern dots-56)⠁ (braille pattern dots-1) ⠰ (braille pattern dots-56)⠑ (braille pattern dots-15) ⠰ (braille pattern dots-56)⠊ (braille pattern dots-24) ⠰ (braille pattern dots-56)⠕ (braille pattern dots-135) ⠰ (braille pattern dots-56)⠥ (braille pattern dots-136)
ā ē ī ō ū

Unlike print Samoan, which has a special letter ʻokina for the glottal stop, Samoan Braille uses the apostrophe , which behaves as punctuation rather than as a consonant. (See Hawaiian Braille, which has a similar setup.)

Samoan Braille has an unusual punctuation mark, a reduplication sign . This is used to indicate that a word is reduplicated, as in segisegi "twilight".


  1. ^ UNESCO (2013) World Braille Usage, 3rd edition.