Amami-Oshima, Northern

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A language of Japan

Alternate Names
Northern Amami-Osima, Oosima, Oshima, Osima
Population

10,000 (2004).

Location

Northwest Okinawa; north Amami-Oshima island.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Naze, Sani. Inherent intelligibility generally impossible, or very difficult, with Ryukyuan languages and Japanese [jpn].

Language Use

Adults only. The younger the generation, the more fluently they speak Japanese [jpn] (Wurm and Hattori 1981). Those under 20 mostly monolingual in Japanese (1989 T. Fukuda).