The book contains an introduction to Chamorro, and its developmental history and dialectal variations, and, with a minimum of technical linguistic terms, it treats phonology, morphology, and syntax. Notes to linguists and a glossary of linguistic terms are included
Donald M. Topping is professor of linguistics and director of the Social Science Research Institute at the University of Hawaii. He conducted research on Chamorro in the Mariana Islands, and served as consultant to the Chamorro Bilingual Education projects on Guam and Rota. Dr. Topping is also the author of Chamorro Reference Grammar, and Spoken Chamorro.
The grammar begins with useful background information on Ponape and Ponapean and then systematically explores the phonology, morphology, and syntax of this language. Separate treatment is given to Ponapean honorific speech styles. Also included are an appendix of current Ponapean spelling conventions and a bibliography of selected books and articles useful in the study of this language.
This new work is a companion volume to the Ponapean-English Dictionary by the same authors.