Yaeyama

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A language of Japan

Alternate Names
Yayeyama
Population

Ethnic population: 47,600 (2000).

Location

Okinawa prefecture: Aregusuku, Hateruma, Hatoma, Iriomote, Ishigaki, Kohama, Kuroshima, and Taketomi islands.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Ishigaki, Kabira, Shiraho, Taketomi, Kohama, Hatoma, Sonai, Kuroshima, Hateruma. Inherent intelligibility generally impossible, or very difficult, of Ryukyuan languages and Japanese [jpn].

Language Use

Mainly adults. Also use Japanese [jpn].

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