Yami

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A language of Taiwan

Alternate Names
Botel Tabago, Botel Tobago, Lanyu, Tao, Tawu
Autonym
Pongso no Tao
Population

3,800 (Rau and Dong 2006).

Location

Taitung county: Botel Tobago (Lanyu) island, Orchid island, southeast coast.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to northern Philippines Ivatan [ivv].

Language Use

Some young people, all adults. Most young people consider Yami to be their L2 and Mandarin Chinese [cmn] their L1. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn].

Language Development

Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. NT: 1994.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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