Amami-Oshima, Southern

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A language of Japan

Alternate Names
Southern Amami-Osima
Population

1,800 (2004).

Location

Kagoshima prefecture: south Amami-Oshima, Kakeroma, north Okinawa, Uke, and Yoro islands.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

None known. Inherent intelligibility low with other Ryukyuan languages and Japanese [jpn].

Language Use

Those over 50 use vernacular at home, but understand and use standard Japanese. Those 20–50 understand the vernacular, but mainly speak Japanese. Also use Japanese [jpn]. Mainly older adults.

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