|Region||Amami Islands, Kagoshima Prefecture|
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. 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]
- "Did you know Amami-North Okinawan is endangered?". Endangered Languages. Retrieved 2020-10-23.