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Fri May 7 17:43:01 UTC 1999
Joan (and all),
According to "Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 13th ed. (Summer Inst. of
Ling., 1996), Yami is spoken on a small island SE of Taiwan by about 3,000
people. It is "closely related to Ivatan of northern Philippines." It is
in the Austronesian family, the Malayo-Polynesian sub-family (or whatever
these lower divisions are called), Nothern Philippine sub-sub-family, in a
subgroup with Ivatan that is referred to as Bashiic.
It appears from a map that these are island languages spoken on the Batan
Islands, which are between Taiwan and the Philippines.
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