Latest CHamoru orthography to be presented to CHamoru language educators

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In a press conference last month, I Kumisión i Fino’ CHamoru yan i Fina’nå’guen i Historia yan i Lina’la’ i Tåotao Tåno’ (Kumisión) announced the launch of its latest revision of the 1983 CHamoru Orthography.

With the enactment of P.L. 33-236 re-establishing I Kumisión came the responsibility to refine a standard way of linking the atfabeton CHamoru to the sounds of our indigenous language. The Kumisión members then adopted changes to the orthography, which provides a more standardized approach to writing CHamoru.

On Tuesday, February 09, 2021, Maga’håga Lourdes Leon Guerrero and Segundo Maga’låhi Josh Tenorio will be joining the Kumisión to proudly share these publications. This writing system was last revised over thirty years ago.

Representatives from the Guam Department of Education’s CHamoru Studies program, Office of Catholic Education, Chief Huråo Academy, the University of Guam, and the Guam Community College as well as Government of Guam-Kumision i Fino’ CHamoru liaisons will also be in attendance. These individuals will also receive copies of our pictionary, Ineyak Fino’ CHamoru Para Famagu’on, and Kumisión stickers.

The event will be livestreamed on Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s Facebook page on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 4 p.m.

The orthography booklet is around 40 pages long, consisting of the CHamoru language’s symbols and abbreviations, 17 orthographic rules, and glossary. The orthography is also available electronically on the Kumision’s website (kumisionchamoru.guam.gov).

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