Eight languages ​​and dialects are "crisis of extinction" Dialects of various places October 18, 4:59

A video of my grandson and grandfather speaking in the language of Yonaguni Town, Okinawa Prefecture, which is said to be in danger of disappearing due to a decrease in the number of speakers, became a hot topic on the Internet.

In Japan, there are eight languages ​​and dialects that UNESCO is in danger of disappearing, such as the language of Yonaguni Town and Ainu, but experts say, "Dialects from all over the country other than the words that are said to be in danger of disappearing. There is a possibility that it will disappear. "

The video that became a hot topic was posted on Twitter, and my grandson and my grandfather said,

"Well, I'm sorry?" = Where are you going tomorrow?

"Isanayanki Tsuritui Di" = I'm

talking in the language of Yonaguni Town,

saying that I'm going to the hospital to get medicine


Eight languages ​​and dialects such as Ainu, Yonaguni, and dialects are said to be in danger of disappearing in Japan, but according to Professor Nobuko Kibe, Deputy Director of the National Institute for Japanese Language, dialects from all over the country are also in danger. It means that it may disappear.

Professor Kibe said, "Since the words spoken in Okinawa etc. are very different from the standard language, they do not mix. On the other hand, dialects such as Osaka Ben have many parts that are close to the standard language, so there is no limit. I'm worried about how much dialect will remain because the standard language gets into the dialect. "

Also, Takato Abe, an associate professor at Senshu University, who is studying changes in the language used by Japanese people, said, "I think that traditional dialects are not approaching standard languages ​​in terms of grammar, accent, and vocabulary." I am.

On the other hand, young people may be influenced by dialect-speaking entertainers and songs that use dialects, and may create new dialects by incorporating dialects different from the local ones.

With the spread of the Internet and SNS, the contact between words has become more frequent, making it easier for new dialects to be born. Associate Professor Abe said, "People to people due to the spread of various media and changes in lifestyle. , The contact between words is becoming more and more popular. I think that new words = dialects unique to the region will continue to be born. "