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This front matter section of the book A Linguistic History of the Forgotten Islands: A Reconstruction of the Proto-language of the Southern Ryūkyūs contains the table of contents, a list of figures, a list of maps, and a list of abbreviations, notations and a preface. Sakishima comprises a group of islands situated between Okinawa and Taiwan, forming a culturally important bridge between Japan and Taiwan. Studies of the languages of the Ryukyuan islands are valuable for an accurate understanding of the linguistic history of Japan as a whole. In the book, the author calls the languages of Japan-mainland Japanese and the languages of the Ryukyus-'Japonic', a term first coined by Leon Serafim.

Keywords: Forgotten Islands; Linguistic History; Proto-language; Southern Ryukyus



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