The Atayalic languages are a group of Formosan languages spoken in northern Taiwan. Robert Blust considers them to form a primary branch within the Austronesian language family, However, Paul Jen-kuei Li groups them into the Northern Formosan branch, which includes the Northwestern Formosan languages.
Li (1981) and Li (1982) classify the Atayalic languages and dialects as follows:
- Squliq Atayal
- Habun Bazinuq
- C'uli' Atayal (also known as Ts'ole' Atayal)
- Skikun, Mnibuʔ
- Mayrinax (includes female and male registers)
- Squliq Atayal
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The Proto-Atayalic language was reconstructed by Taiwanese linguist Paul Jen-kuei Li in 1981. Proto-Atayalic had final voiced stops, which are preserved in the Mayrinax dialect of Cʔuliʔ Atayal. These voiced stops include *-b, *-d, *-g, and *-g'. However, they are now lost in many dialects of Atayal, Seediq, and also Pazeh (Blust 2009:615).
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Atayalic". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Li, Paul Jen-kuei. 1981. "Reconstruction of Proto-Atayalic Phonology." In Li, Paul Jen-kuei. 2004. Selected Papers on Formosan Languages. Taipei, Taiwan: Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica.
- Li, Paul Jen-kuei. 1982. "Atayalic Final Voiced Stops." In Li, Paul Jen-kuei. 2004. Selected Papers on Formosan Languages. Taipei, Taiwan: Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica.
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