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 or dialects of the Japonic languages that are spoken in the Ryūkyū Islands, in the south south of Japan. The languages are Amami, Okinawan, Miyako, Yaeyama and Yonaguni.

Many linguists do not agree with their classification as separate languages and so regard the 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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