9 May 2017

Native language commission re-established on Guam

3:00 pm on 9 May 2017

A commission for the native Chamorro language has been re-established on Guam.

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The Guam Daily Post reports the commission was resurrected after nearly 20 years on Monday, with the former senator Hope Cristobal its chair.

The commission has been charged with updating the orthographic rules of the language, standardising it across the Marianas and developing a curricula for schools.

The chair Ms Cristobal said the commission's members include "heavy-hitters" in Chamorro history, language and education.

The legislation that re-established the commission uses the term 'CHamoru' in its text, which some argue is the correct spelling of the name for Guam's indigenous people.

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