Amami languages

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Amami languages
Native toJapan
RegionAmami Islands
Language codes
ISO 639-3

The Amami languages are a collection of dialect clusters spoken across the Amami Islands of Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. All dialects are members of the Ryukyuan languages, specifically its northern branch.


There are many distinct clusters of the Amami languages, most of which have their own ISO 639-3 codes:[1][2]

Scholars are divided on the specific subgrouping of these dialects. The Okinoerabu and Yoron clusters may be grouped within the Kunigami language.[3]


  1. ^ "Did you know Amami-North Okinawan is endangered?". Endangered Languages. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  2. ^ "ISO 639 Code Tables | ISO 639-3". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  3. ^ Heinrich, Patrick; Miyar, Shinsho; Shimoji, Michinori, eds. (2015). Handbook of the Ryukyuan Languages: History, Structure and Use. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. p. 375. ISBN 978-1-61451-161-8.