Sanuki dialect

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Sanuki dialect
Kagawa Japanese
Native to Japan
Region Kagawa
Native speakers
1.006 million (date missing)[citation needed]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog kaga1258[1]

Sanuki dialect (讃岐弁 Sanuki-ben?) is the Japanese dialect of Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. The accent is based on the Kyoto-Osaka or Keihan accent (京阪式アクセント?). There are some differences in vocabulary between the western and eastern sides of the prefecture, and the eastern and western dialects are referred to as the Tōsan Dialect (東讃弁 Tōsan-ben?) and the Seisan Dialect (西讃弁 Seisan-ben?) respectively.


  • Akan (あかん) Useless/No good/Hopeless (だめだ)
    • Ikan(いかん)is sometimes used by young people in Seisan (West) dialect.
  • Azuru (あずる) Verb To trouble/to pain/to worry (苦労する)
  • Onaka okita (おなかおきた) I'm full (おなかいっぱい)
  • Erai? (えらい?) Are you tired? (疲れましたか?)
  • Yokke (よっけ) Lots (たくさん)
  • Gotsugen (ごつげん) Very(たいへん)
  • Nani ga dekkyon na? (なにがでっきょんな?) How are you? (お元気ですか?)
  • Honda kendo no (ほんだけんどの) However (しかしながら)


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Kagawa-ben". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.