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Extinct: no
Family: Malayo-Polynesian
Branch: Formosan
Continent: Asia
Country: Taiwan
Region: Plains in the valley along the railroad between Hualien and Taitung, and on the east coast near the sea between Hualien and Taitung. NATAORAN: Villages in the Hualien area and north of Fenglin.
Countries Where Spoken: 130000 (1986 Virginia Fey TEAM). NATAORAN: No estimate available.
Countries Where Official: Taiwan
Native Speakers: 130,000
Speakers Total: 130,000
Phrasebase members who speak Amis at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Amis at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Amis: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Amis: 0
Three Letter Code: ALV
Summary: The Chengkung-Kwangshan dialect is closest to Central Amis. Bilingualism in Japanese, Mandarin. "Amis" is their name for themselves; "Ami" is the Chinese name. Traditionally matrilineal. Many are migrating to cities and industrial areas. Dictionary. Roman script used. Plains. Agriculturalists: rice. NT 1972-1981. NATAORAN: Not generally understood by other Amis. Sakizaya is even more divergent from Central Amis. About 50% lexical similarity with Central Amis. It is on the verge of extinction. Investigation needed: bilingual proficiency.

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