Miyako

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A language of Japan

Population

Ethnic population: 67,700 (2000).

Location

Okinawa prefecture: south; Ikema, Irabu, Kurima, Minna, Miyako, Ogami, and Tarama islands.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Miyako-Jima (Hirara, Ogami), Irabu-Jima, 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. Also use Japanese [jpn]. The younger the generation, the more fluently they speak it (Wurm and Hattori 1981).

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar.
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