History of the Language
Ikema is a subdialect of the Miyako Ryukyuan dialect and is spoken on Ikema Island, in Sarahama on Irabu Island, and in Nishihara on Miyako Island. Ryukyuan is sometimes called a dialect of Japanese, but linguistically speaking it is more accurate to say that Ryukyuan is a sister language of Japanese. In other words, both Ryukyuan and Japanese have diverged from a common source which is called Proto-Japonic.
We will learn the genetic history of the language and how it is related to other languages or dialects in Ryukyu and Japan. We will also learn how, through a series of phonological and morphological changes, Ikema has diverged from other Ryukyuan or Japanese dialects.
Learn about the genetic relationship between Ikema and other dialects of Miyako Ryukyuan, and Miyako Ryukyuan and other Ryukyuan languages.
Learn about the series of sound changes that brought about differences between the languages and how they lead to the sound system of Ikema.