Saisiyat

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A language of Taiwan

Alternate Names
Amutoura, Bouiok, Saiset, Saisett, Saisiat, Saisiett, Saisirat, Saisyet, Saisyett, Seisirat
Population

4,750 (CIP-EY 2002). Tungho: more active use. Taai: a few speakers; nearly assimilated into Atayal [tay]. Ethnic population: 7,900.

Location

Western mountains, west of the Atayal [tay] language area, Nanchuang Township, Miaoli County and Wufong Township, Hsinchu County.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Taai (North Saiset), Tungho (South Saiset). Dialect differences are mainly phonological and lexical (1978 P. Li).

Language Use

Endangered (2000 S. Wurm). Many young speakers of the southern dialect are shifting to Hakka Chinese [hak]. Northern dialect already nearly assimilated to Atayal [tay] (Wurm 2007). All ages. Mildly positive attitudes. Also use Atayal [tay], Hakka Chinese [hak].

Language Development
Grammar.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].