Linguistic data of Kikai-Ryukyuan


Linguistic data of Kikai-Ryukyuan

Language: Kikai-Ryukyuan
Depositor: Rihito Shirata
Location: Japan
Deposit Id: 0274
Level: Deposit


Summary of deposit
The deposited data are recordings of endangered Kikai-Ryukyuan, a traditional local language spoken on the Kikai Island. With the aim of documentation and description of the local language, we recorded natural discourse, folklores, songs and elicitation sessions for analyzing phonology, morphology and syntax of the language. We focused especially on the dialect spoken in Kamikatetsu (the southern-most village on the island) and the dialect spoken in Onotsu (the northern-most village on the island). The Kikai Island is located near Amami-Ōshima island, at the northeast end of the Ryukyuan-speaking area and administered by Kikai Town, Ōshima District, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. The island has an area of 56.94 km2, a population of 7,989 (as of the end of May 2013 according to the document published by the town). There are more than thirty villages on Kikai island, so that Kikai Ryukyuan enjoys a relatively rich variety in vocabulary, phonology, and morphology. Fluent speakers of of the traditional linguistic variations are mostly in their fifties and older. Younger generations only have passive command or limited lexical knowledge of the dialects.

Group represented
Kikai, Amami, Ryukyuan, Japanese speakers

Language information
Kikai-Ryukyuan is a traditional local language spoken on Kikai Island. The collection focuses on the dialect spoken in Kamikatetsu (the southern-most village on the island) and the dialect spoken in Onotsu (the northern-most village on the island). Fluent speakers of of the traditional linguistic variations are mostly in their fifties and older. Younger generations only have passive command or limited lexical knowledge of the dialects.

Acknowledgement

 Shirata, Rihito. (2013). Linguistic data of Kikai-Ryukyuan. Deposit at the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR). https://wurin.lis.soas.ac.uk/Collection/MPI982060



Status

Curated
Resources online and curated

Depositor

Rihito Shirata
Affiliation: Kyoto University

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