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Subject: Re: Ryûkyû-language
From: TAKASUGI Shinji (tssf.airnet.ne.jp)
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 04:15:32 GMT
References: 1, 2, 3


> Wow judging from the info on this site, the language of Okinawa can hardly be considered a dialect.

It is in fact a different language from Japanese. The Japanese language family includes 12 languages, one of which is Japanese and the rest of which are Ryukyuan languages, according to Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 14th Edition by SIL.

Calling Ryukyuan languages Japanese dialects is more political than linguistical. It's the same as calling Chinese languages dialects.



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