Yaeyama language

Ryukyuan language spoken in the Yaeyama Islands

The Yaeyama language is a Southern Ryukyuan language spoken in the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.

Yaeyama language
Native toJapan
RegionYaeyama Islands
EthnicityRyukyuan (Yaeyama)
Language codes
ISO 639-3rys


The Yaeyama language is one of the six Ryukyuan languages, which are a group of languages spoken in the Ryūkyū Islands of Japan. The Ryukyuan languages, along with Japanese, form the Japonic language family.[1]


The Japanese government does not consider Yaeyama to be its own language, labeling it as a Japanese dialect instead.[2] Most linguists and UNESCO on the other hand do consider Yaeyama to be a language.[2]

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  1. "Did you know Yaeyama is endangered?". Endangered Languages. Retrieved 2020-01-24.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for. "Refworld | World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples - Japan : Ryukyuans (Okinawans)". Refworld. Retrieved 2020-01-24.