Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Languages of the Mariana Islands, Symbols of the Northern Mariana Islands, Chamorro Language, Dan Shor, Flag of the Northern Mariana Islands, Gi Talo Gi Halom Tasi, Music of the Northern Mariana Islands, Carolinian Language, Seal of the Northern Mariana Islands, Tanapag Language. Excerpt: Chamorro (natively known as Chamoru) is a Malayo-Polynesian (Austronesian) language, spoken on the Mariana islands (Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan) by about 47,000 people (about 35,000 people on Guam and about 12,000 in the N. Marianas). The numbers of Chamorro speakers have declined in recent years, and the younger generations are less likely to know the language. The influence of English has caused the language to become endangered. On Guam (called "Guåhan" by Chamorro speakers, from the word guaha, meaning "have", but its English meaning is, "We Have", from the idea that they had everything they needed), the number of native Chamorro speakers has dwindled in the last decade or so, while in the Northern Mariana Islands, young Chamorros still speak the language fluently. Various representatives from Guam have unsuccessfully lobbied the United States to take action to promote and protect the language. It is still common among Chamorro households in the Northern Marianas, but fluency has greatly decreased among Guamanian Chamorros during the years of American rule in favor of (a largely pidginized) American English, which is commonplace throughout the inhabited Marianas. Unlike most of its neighbors, Chamorro is not a Micronesian or Polynesian language. Rather, like Palauan, it constitutes a possibly independent branch of the Malayo-Polynesian languages. Its origins are thus somewhat obscure. A 2008 analysis of the Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database sugg... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=321528 ... Read more
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Just a bound collection of Wikipedia articles
I'm a Dan Shor fan and was hoping to gain some further knowledge or insight about his life and career in Saipan by purchasing this book. Unfortunately what I received was a 27-page bound copy of Wikipedia articles. If I want to hold a Wikipedia article in my hands I'll print it out. I don't need to pay $15 for it.
Not sure who the market is for these "Books LLC" items, but the cynical side of me wants to say that these are being produced soley to show up in Amazon or Google searches and trick fans of more obscure topics into buying them. I'm planning to return mine. I wonder how many of these are purchased and immediately returned?
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