Miyako

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A language of Japan

Population

Ethnic population: 67,700 (2000).

Location

Southern Okinawa; Miyako, Ogami, Ikema, Kurima, Irabu, Tarama, Minna islands.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Irabu-Jima, Miyako-Jima (Hirara, Ogami), Tarama-Minna. Not intelligible of Ryukyuan languages and Japanese [jpn]. Dialects listed have noticeable differences, but communication is not impossible.

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).

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar.