150,000 (1995). Literacy rate 96%. USA territory. Geographically southernmost of the Mariana Islands. Also includes Chuuk, Japanese 2,500, Korean 4,000, Palauan, Chinese 2,000, from the Philippines 30,000. Data accuracy estimate: A2. Christian, secular, Baha'i. The number of languages listed for Guam is 2.
CHAMORRO (TJAMORO) [CJD] 62,500 in Guam (1991 Bender and Rehg), about 50% of the population; 14,205 in Northern Mariana Islands (1990 census); 78,000 in all countries; 90,000 (1987 UBS) including second language speakers. Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Western Malayo-Polynesian, Chamorro. Dialects: CHAMORRO, ROTANESE CHAMORRO. Active language use. National language. Typology: SVO, VSO. Tropical. Coral plateau in north, volcanic in south. Altitude: 500 to 1,334 feet. Christian. Bible portions 1908-1992. Work in progress.
ENGLISH [ENG] 28,800 in Guam (1987); 322,000,000 in all countries (1995 WA). Indo-European, Germanic, West, North Sea, English. USA military and dependents. National language. Bible 1535-1989. NT 1525-1985. Bible portions 1530-1987.
Part of the Ethnologue, 13th Edition, Barbara F. Grimes, Editor.
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