Yaeyama

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A language of Japan

Alternate Names
Yayeyama
Population

Ethnic population: 47,600 (2000).

Location

Southern Okinawa; Ishigaki, Iriomote, Hatoma, Kohama, Taketomi, Kuroshima, Hateruma, Aregusuku islands.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Hateruma, Hatoma, Ishigaki, Kabira, Kohama, Kuroshima, Shiraho, Sonai, Taketomi. Inherent intelligibility generally impossible, or very difficult, of Ryukyuan languages and Japanese [jpn].

Language Use

Mainly adults. Also use Japanese [jpn].