Chamorro Reference Grammar
- About the Book
Chamorro Reference Grammar is a detailed description of the grammatical structure of the indigenous language of the Marian Islands. It is designed primarily as a reference work which will serve to give native speakers some insight into the complexities of their language and to encourage its use at a time when other languages are more prestigious.
The book contains an introduction to Chamorro, and its developmental history and dialectal variations, and, with a minimum of technical linguistic terms, it treats phonology, morphology, and syntax. Notes to linguists and a glossary of linguistic terms are included
- Donald M. Topping is professor of linguistics and director of the Social Science Research Institute at the University of Hawaii. He conducted research on Chamorro in the Mariana Islands, and served as consultant to the Chamorro Bilingual Education projects on Guam and Rota. Dr. Topping is also the author of Chamorro Reference Grammar, and Spoken Chamorro.