ERIC Number: ED113973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
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Change in Language Situation and Attitudes in a Multilingual Society.
Vesper, Don R.; Vesper, Ethel R.
This paper discusses the background of the language situation in Guam, comparing the findings of a 1966 survey to the present situation. Apparent changes both in the language situation and in attitudes towards language and some of the causative factors involved in the changes are discussed. The study currently underway, which utilizes informal interviews and participant observation, shows that those who use English as a first language are essentially all of those 12 years old or younger. Noting this as a rough cut-off point, the paper considers whether one might predict that Chamorro, the indigenous language of Guam, will fade when these 12-year-olds are the oldest living generation. The paper further notes that the demise of the last Chamorro speaker on Guam is not likely to be the last trace of effect that the language has. Some of the characteristics of the English currently spoken there, which are now being investigated, are very likely to be retained. The present paper also considers what internal and external motivations have brought about the situation of Chamorro succumbing to English. (Author/CLK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
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Identifiers - Location: Guam