Chamorro

I Dikkiki’ na Prinsipi — in Chamorro language.

Chamorro is an Austronesian language spoken by the Chamorro people, the indigenous inhabitants of the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Chamorro is primarily spoken in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. These islands are situated in Micronesia, a region in the western Pacific Ocean. Guam and the CNMI are U.S. territories, with Guam being the most populous island and the political and economic center.

Chamorro is classified as an Austronesian language, specifically within the Chamorro-Fijian subfamily. Chamorro has a rich linguistic history, shaped by centuries of contact with other cultures. Spanish colonisation in the 17th century introduced Spanish loanwords into the language. Later, Guam was under U.S. administration after the Spanish-American War in the late 19th century, further influencing the language with English loanwords.

Chamorro was traditionally an oral language, and it did not have a standardised writing system until relatively recently. Today, it is written using the Latin script, with a standardised orthography developed to represent Chamorro phonology.