Kikai

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A language of Japan

Population

Ethnic population: 13,100 (2000).

Location

Northeast Okinawa; Kikai island.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Onotsu. Inherent intelligibility generally impossible or very difficult with Ryukyuan languages and Japanese [jpn].

Language Use

Mainly older adults. The younger the generation, the more fluently they speak Japanese [jpn] (Wurm and Hattori 1981). Those under 20 are mainly monolingual in Japanese (1989 T. Fukuda).