Origins[change | change source]
The Yaeyama language is one of the six Ryukyuan languages, which are a group of languages spoken in the Ryūkyū Islands of Japan. The Ryukyuan languages, along with Japanese, form the Japonic language family.
Status[change | change source]
The Japanese government does not consider Yaeyama to be its own language, labeling it as a Japanese dialect instead. Most linguists and UNESCO on the other hand do consider Yaeyama to be a language.
See also[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "Did you know Yaeyama is endangered?". Endangered Languages. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
- Refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for. "Refworld | World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - Japan : Ryukyuans (Okinawans)". Refworld. Retrieved 2020-01-24.