Eight Languages and Languages In Danger of Extinction What Happens to Local Languages October 18 at 4:59 AM
A video of my grandson and grandfather talking in the language of Yonaguni-cho, Okinawa Prefecture, which is said to be in danger of disappearing with fewer people talking, became a hot topic on the Internet. In Japan, there are eight languages and languages that UNESCO is in danger of disappearing, such as Yonaguni-cho and Ainu, but experts point out that “there is a possibility that there will be no other languages around the country other than those that are said to be in danger of disappearing.”
The video was posted on Twitter and my grandson was
“Did you see that? Where are you going tomorrow?
I’m going to the hospital to get some medicine.
And I’m having a conversation with the words of Yonaguni-cho.
UNESCO is in danger of disappearing in Japan in eight languages and languages, such as Ainu, Yonaguni, and Japanese, but according to Professor Nobuko Kibe, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Japanese Studies, there is a possibility that there will be no more languages in various parts of the country.
Professor Kibe said, “The language those lying in Okinawa and other areas are very different from the standard language, so there is no mix of the two. On the other hand, dialects such as Osaka dialects are often close to standard languages, so standard languages can enter dialects without limits, so I am worried about how far the dialects will remain.”
Takanori Abe, an associate professor at Senshu University who studies changes in the language used by Japanese people, said, “I think traditional languages are in a direction where grammar, accents, and vocabulary are no longer close to standard language.”
On the other hand, young people are influenced by entertainers who speak japanese and songs using them, and they may create new ones by taking in different local languages.
With the spread of the Internet and SNS, word-to-word contact has become more frequent and new languages are likely to be born, and Associate Professor Abe said, “With the spread of various media and lifestyle changes, people-to-people, language-to-word contacts are becoming more popular. I believe that new words and languages unique to the region will be born in the future.”