Okinawan, Central

Fact corner

  • Language: Okinawan, Central
  • Alternate names: Okinawan, Luchu, 沖縄口, Okinawan: uchinā-guchi, Japanese: okinawa-guchi
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:ryu
  • Language family: Japonic
  • Number of speakers: 984,285
  • Script: Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana


Okinawan is a Ryukyuan language spoken in Japan on the southern island of Okinawa, as well as the surrounding islands of Kerama, Kume-jima, Tonaki, Aguni, and a number of smaller islands located to the east of the main island of Okinawa.

The verb

Okinawan dialects retain a number of grammatical features of classical Japanese, such as a distinction between the terminal form (終止形) and the attributive form (連体形).

Sample verb: 書く

Tense Classical Japanese Okinawan
Terminal 書く 書ちゅん
Attributive 書く 書ちゅる

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