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This section presents a list of reference books and articles relevant to the analysis of the Japanese and Ryukyuan languages, including their linguistic relation to each other as well as to other languages in the region. The term 'Japonic language(s)' was coined by Leon A. Serafim and has been widely accepted among Japanologists; it is meant to indicate the Japanese language spoken on the main islands of Japan (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu) and the Ryukyuan language on the archipelago consisting of the three main island groups (Amami, Okinawa, and Sakishima) located between Kyushu and Taiwan.

Keywords: Amami; Hokkaido; Japanese language; Ryukyuan language



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