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The final stage, proto-Sakishima, is reconstructed using the comparative method in conjunction with internal reconstruction, comparing lexical data from four dialects that are representative of the islands in the Sakishima. This chapter begins with a discussion on proto-Sakishima consonants. Then it talks about proto-Sakishima vowels. The author reconstructs a seven-vowel system for proto-Sakishima. The chapter touches upon Proto-Sakishima Accent. A comparison of the accent of the two languages he has reconstructed, proto-Miyako, proto-Yaeyama, with modern Yonaguni, allows the reconstruction of the accent for proto-Sakishima. The author concludes this reconstruction of proto-Sakishima with an explanation of what he considers to be Yonaguni's relation with the other languages in the Sakishima language family. It has been argued by several scholars, most notably Nakasone and Kajiku that Yonaguni should be classified with the Yaeyama language family because of a number of similarities.

Keywords: modern Yonaguni; Proto-Sakishima; Proto-Sakishima Accent; Proto-Sakishima Consonants; Proto-Sakishima Vowels



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