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Amami language

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Amami language
Native toJapan
RegionAmami Islands, Kagoshima Prefecture
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
ryn – Northern
ams – Southern (Setouchi)

The Amami language (島口, Shimayumuta) is a member of the Ryukyuan languages. It is spoken in the Amami Islands of southern Japan.

Amami is in the northern group of the Ryukyuan languages, along with Okinawan and Kunigami. There are many dialect groups of the Amami language: Amami Ōshima, Kikai, Southern Amami Ōshima, Okinoerabu, Yoron and Tokunoshima.[1] The dialects of Yoron and Okinoerabu may actually be a part of the Kunigami language.

Most Amami speakers are elderly, and younger Amami locals mainly speak Japanese.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Did you know Amami-North Okinawan is endangered?". Endangered Languages. Retrieved 2020-10-23.