Kunigami

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A language of Japan

Population

5,000 (2004).

Location

Central Okinawa, central and north Okinawa island; Iheya, Izena, Ie-jima, Sesoko islands.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Nago. Inherent intelligibility generally impossible, or very difficult, of Ryukyuan languages and Japanese [jpn]. Ryukyuan languages are 62%–70% cognate with Tokyo dialect of Japanese. Lexical similarity: Ryukyu languages: 62%–70% with Tokyo dialect of Japanese.

Language Use

Those under 20 are mainly monolingual in Japanese (1989 T. Fukuda). Mainly older adults. Also use Japanese [jpn], especially the younger generation (Wurm and Hattori 1981).