Kunigami

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A language of Japan

Population

5,000 (2004).

Location

Central Okinawa, central and north Okinawa island; Iheya, Izena, Ie-jima, Sesoko islands.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Nago. Inherent intelligibility generally impossible, or very difficult, of Ryukyuan languages and Japanese [jpn]. Ryukyuan languages are 62%-70% cognate with Tokyo dialect of Japanese. Lexical similarity: Ryukyu languages: 62%–70% with Tokyo dialect of Japanese.

Language Use

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