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A language of Guam

ISO 639-3cha

Population  62,500 in Guam (Bender and Rehg 1991). Population total all countries: 92,700.
Region  Also in Northern Mariana Islands, United States.
Language map  Guam and North Mariana Islands
Alternate names   Tjamoro
Dialects  Chamorro, Rotanese Chamorro.
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Chamorro
Language use  National language. Gaining in importance. Taught at the University of Guam.
Language development  Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1908–1992.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Influence from Spanish. SVO, VSO. Christian.

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Northern Mariana Islands

Language name   Chamorro
Population  14,200 in Northern Mariana Islands (1990). Population includes 11,466 on Saipan (1990), 1,502 on Rota (1990), 1,231 on Tinian (1990), 62,500 on Guam (Bender and Rehg 1991).
Region  Alamagan Island.
Language map  Guam and North Mariana Islands
Alternate names  Tjamoro
Language use  National language. A trade language on Saipan. 90,000 including L2 users. Some also use English.
Comments  Christian.

United States

Language name   Chamorro
Population  16,000 in United States (2000 census).