ERIC Number: ED389163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Language Dictionaries and Grammars of Guam and Micronesia.
Goetzfridt, Nicholas J.; Goniwiecha, Mark C.
The study of language reference materials, particularly dictionaries and grammar works, for languages of Guam and Micronesia includes a brief history of their evolution and an annotated bibliography. An introductory section describes the geographic situation of Micronesia and chronicles numerous periods of foreign influence: Spanish Colonization (1668-1898), German Period (1898-191), The Japanese Era (1919-1944), and American Influence (since 1898). Establishment of the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands after World War II, independence, and the ongoing relationship with the United States are outlined. Efforts to preserve the indigenous languages through development of orthographic systems are noted and the Micronesian language groups are detailed. The annotated bibliography that follows includes new sources since the 1970s and only items currently in print. They are presented in these categories: the Chamorro Language; Saipan Carolinian; Kosraean; Pohnpeian; Mokilese; Kapingamarangi; Nukuoro; Trukese; Puluwat; Yapese; Ulithian; Woleian; Kiribati; Marshallese; Nauruan; Palauan; and Pulo Annian. Appended materials include a map of Micronesia and a chart outlining the separate geographic areas and languages, with numbers of speakers, dictionaries and grammars, libraries and collection sizes, and economic bases. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Guam