Northern Mariana Islands Languages

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The official languages on the Northern Mariana Islands include English, Chamorro, and Carolinian. Few people still speak the nearly extinct Tanapag language. Many Philippine languages, Chinese, and other Pacific island languages are also spoken. Spanish is still retained in surnames but is no longer commonly used, though it is still familiar to some elders as a third or fourth language. [1]

  • Chamorro - an Austronesian language spoken by about 58,000 people (about 25,800 people on Guam and about 32,200 in the rest of the Mariana Islands and elsewhere). It is the native and spoken language of the Chamorro people, the indigenous people of the Marianas (Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, which are both US territories). [2]
  • Carolinian - an Austronesian language originating in the Caroline Islands, but spoken in the Northern Mariana Islands. It is an official language (as well as English) of the Carolinian people. Carolinian is a threatened language. [3]
  • Tanapag - nearly extinct Micronesian language of the Austronesian language family. It is spoken in the Tanapag settlement of the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. [4]

Word List(s)[edit | edit source]

Alphabet and Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Alphabet

Pronunciation

Language Aids and Dictionaries[edit | edit source]

Language Aids

Dictionaries

  • Edward Ritter von Preissig, Dictionary and Grammar of the Chamorro language, Washington : G.P.O., 1918 - Available at WorldCat
  • Frederick H Jackson, Jeffrey C Marck & Jesus Mareham Elameto, Carolinian-English dictionary, Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, 1991 - Available at WorldCat

Online Dictionaries

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

  • M B Dallocchio, Everyday Chamorro, Las Vegas, NA : The Desert Institure, 2015 - Available at WorldCat
  • Sarah Osborn, Sociocultural and linguistic issues of Chamorro and Carolinian students, 2000 - Available at WorldCat

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Northern Mariana Islands," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Mariana_Islands#Languages, accessed 23 Jun 2021.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Chamorro language," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamorro_language, accessed 23 Jun 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Carolinian language," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolinian_language, accessed 23 Jun 2021.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Tanapag language," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanapag_language, accessed 23 Jun 2021.