The Kumision i Fino’ CHamoru on Thursday launched its latest guidance on CHamoru writing and spelling.
The Kumisión members adopted changes to the 1983 CHamoru orthography and presented an updated version of the booklet, which provides a more standardized approach to writing CHamoru.
The Orthography Booklet is around 40 pages long, consisting of symbols and abbreviations, orthographic rules, and a glossary.
Dr. Laura Souder, Kumision member, says the booklet is a valuable tool for those who are learning the language, adding that language learning is also a part of the decolonization process.
Meanwhile, Dr. Robert Underwood, another Kumision member, emphasized its purpose of providing consistency in the language learning process.
Anna Marie Blas Arceo, Kumision administrator, says that they initially printed 2000 copies and will prioritize distribution to government liaisons and CHamoru language teachers at GDOE, GCC, and UOG. Hardcopies for teachers will be distributed by next week.
But for those who are looking for an online copy, the orthography is also available for download at kumisionchamoru.guam.gov.