As part of an effort to document the Chamorro language, a linguist who has studied the language for decades did a presentation earlier today.
Dr. Sandra Chung, a retired linguistics professor from the University of California, has been studying Chamorro since the 1970s and remains one of the few academics who research the language in the world.
In a presentation at the University of Guam, Dr. Chung discussed her proposal that challenges the 1973 book “Chamorro Reference Grammar,” which was authored by Donald Topping and Bernadita Dungca.
Dr. Robert Underwood, an advocate for Chamorro language and culture, said: “It was a linguist approach which was based on what they assumed to be the language structure of Chamorro itself. Dr. Chung builds on that and unveils some of the issues that are kinda ongoing in Chamorro and their complex linguistic issues.”
According to Dr. Chung, who extensively studied Polynesian, she was introduced to the Chamorro language from her time in San Diego, where she met two students from Guam.
“It’s sounds system is very unique in ways that make it difficult to settle on correct spelling. Its word structure is very complicated, especially its formation of causatives,” Dr. Chung said.
Dr. Chung’s work will help develop a repository for the Chamorro language.