Amami language

Ryukyuan language

The Amami language (島口, Shimayumuta) is a member of the Ryukyuan languages. It is spoken in the Amami Islands of southern Japan.

Amami language
Native toJapan
RegionAmami Islands, Kagoshima Prefecture
Language codes
ISO 639-3

Amami is in the northern group of the Ryukyuan languages, along with Okinawan and Kunigami. There are many dialect groups of the Amami language: Amami Ōshima, Kikai, Southern Amami Ōshima, Okinoerabu, Yoron and Tokunoshima.[1] The dialects of Yoron and Okinoerabu may actually be a part of the Kunigami language.

Most Amami speakers are elderly, and younger Amami locals mainly speak Japanese.


  1. "Did you know Amami-North Okinawan is endangered?". Endangered Languages. Retrieved 2020-10-23.