Ryukyuan languages

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Ryukyuan
Ethnicity:Ryukyuan people
Geographic
distribution:
Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa Prefecture, Amami Islands of Kagoshima Prefecture)
Linguistic classification:Japonic
  • Ryukyuan
Subdivisions:
Location of the Ryukyu Islands.JPG
Location of Ryukyu Islands

Ryūkyūan languages or Ryūkyūan dialects are a group of languages in the Japonic languages, spoken in the Ryūkyū Islands, South of Japan. Those languages are Amami, Okinawan, Miyako, Yaeyama and Yonaguni. A considerable amount of linguists do not agree with their classification as separate languages, and therefore regard these linguistic varieties as the Ryūkyūan dialects of Japanese.

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Sanseido (1997). 言語学大辞典セレクション:日本列島の言語 (Selection from the Encyclopædia of Linguistics: The Languages of the Japanese Archipelago). "琉球列島の言語" (The Languages of the Ryukyu Islands).
  • Ashworth, D. E. (1975). A generative study of the inflectional morphophonemics of the Shuri dialect of Ryukyuan. Thesis (Ph. D.)—Cornell University, 1973.
  • Heinrich, Patrick (2004): Language Planning and Language Ideology in the Ryūkyū Islands, in: Language Policy 3.2, (2004): 153-179.
  • Heinrich, Patrick, Shinsho Miyara, Michinori Shimoji, eds. 2014. Handbook of the Ryukyuan Languages. Berlin: de Gruyter.
  • Serafim, L. A. (1985). Shodon: the prehistory of a Northern Ryukyuan dialect of Japanese. [S.l: s.n.
  • Shimabukuro, Moriyo. 2007. The accentual history of the Japanese and Ryukyuan languages: a reconstruction. Languages of Asia series, v. 2. Folkestone, Kent: Global Oriental. ISBN 978-1-901903-63-8
  • Uemura, Yukio, and Wayne P. Lawrence. 2003. The Ryukyuan language. Endangered Languages of the Pacific Rim (Series), A4-018. Osaka, Japan: ELPR.

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