Uchinaguchi Study Group (#3) - Special Topics - Ryukyu Languages （Okinawan Language 沖縄語）
日琉語族 日本の諸言語 Japanese-Ryukyuan language family
ASIAN LANGUAGE FAMILIES (PART 1)
The Ryukyuan Language UW LING234 (Spring 2020) Presentation
The Ryukyuan languages are the indigenous languages of the Ryukyu Islands, the southernmost part of the Japanese archipelago. Along with the Japanese language, they make up the Japonic language family. Although the Ryukyuan languages are considered by a considerable amount of linguists to be dialects of Japanese, due to their grammatical sameness, they are not mutually intelligible with Japanese or with each other. It is not known how many speakers of these languages remain, but language shift towards the use of Standard Japanese and dialects like Okinawan Japanese has resulted in these languages becoming endangered; UNESCO labels four of the languages "definitely endangered", and two others "severely endangered".