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Atayalic languages

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Geographic distribution:  Northern Taiwan
Glottolog:  atay1246
Atayalic languages
Linguistic classification:  Austronesian Northern Formosan? Atayalic

The Atayalic languages are a group of Formosan languages spoken in northern Taiwan. Robert Blust considers them to form a primary branch within the Austronesian language family, However, Paul Jen-kuei Li groups them into the Northern Formosan branch, which includes the Northwestern Formosan languages.

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Classification

Li (1981) and Li (1982) classify the Atayalic languages and dialects as follows:

  • Atayalic
  • Atayal Proper
  • Squliq Atayal
  • Squliq
  • Maspaziʔ
  • Pyanan
  • Lmuan
  • Habun Bazinuq
  • Syanuh
  • Kulu
  • ŋŋupa
  • Haga-Paris
  • Kubaboo
  • Rghayuŋ
  • C'uli' Atayal (also known as Ts'ole' Atayal)
  • Skikun, Mnibuʔ
  • Mnawyan
  • Mayrinax (includes female and male registers)
  • Mabatuʔan
  • Matabalay
  • Sakuxan
  • Palŋawan
  • Mkgugut
  • Pyahaw
  • Ryuhiŋ
  • Mtlaŋan
  • Knŋyan
  • Seediq
  • Toŋan
  • Toda
  • Truwan
  • Inago
  • Reconstruction

    The Proto-Atayalic language was reconstructed by Taiwanese linguist Paul Jen-kuei Li in 1981. Proto-Atayalic had final voiced stops, which are preserved in the Mayrinax dialect of Cʔuliʔ Atayal. These voiced stops include *-b, *-d, *-g, and *-g'. However, they are now lost in many dialects of Atayal, Seediq, and also Pazeh (Blust 2009:615).

    References

    Atayalic languages Wikipedia


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