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A language of Japan

Population

121,000,000 in Japan (1985). Population figure may include other ethnic groups. Population total all countries: 122,056,940. L2 users: 1,000,000 in Japan.

Location

Widespread.

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Language Status

1 (National). De facto national language.

Dialects

Eastern Japanese, Western Japanese, Zu-zu-ben. Possibly related to Korean [kor]. Kagoshima dialect is 84% cognate with Tokyo dialect. Zu-zu-ben dialects unintelligible to other Japanese, and dying out as standard Tokyo Japanese takes over.

Typology

SOV; postpositions; demonstrative, numeral, adjective, possessive, relative clause, proper noun precedes noun head; adverb precedes verb; sentence final question particle; CV.

Language Development
Taught in primary and secondary schools. Fully developed. Bible: 1883–1987.
Writing

Braille script [Brai]. Han, Hiragana, and Katakana scripts [Jpan], primary usage.

Other Comments

Buddhist, Shintoist.

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