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Will the Ainu Language Die? Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by Karen Shim, Canada May 31, 2004
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Will the Ainu Language Die? Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture: http://www.frpac.or.jp/english/e_index2.html
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: http://www.mnh.si.edu/arctic/features/ainu/





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Great Article
Robert Margolis | Jun 2nd, 2004
I have heard tidbits on the Ainu, but this is a great summary of the history and issues.



How Committed is Japan to Preserving the Ainu Language?
Tim Upham | Jan 13th, 2012
It depends on how committed Japan is to preserving the Ainu language. Hopefully, with the Japanese Diet declaring the Ainu as the indigenous people of Japan, and an Ainu member of the Japanese Diet, Japan will be proactive in acknowledging its components that make up its people and its history. There are now Ainu language immersion programs in schools, and Sapporo is Ainu for "broad plain." Japan has started, but more can be done. After all, test the DNA of the Japanese people, and they all have Ainu in them.



Ainu is Divided Up Into Five Dialects
Tim Upham | Jan 15th, 2012
To have Ainu taught in language immersion programs, it must be taken into account that it is divided up into five dialects. "Irankarapte" is "Greetings" in the Saru dialect. "Isyorore" is "Greetings" in the Obihiro dialect. "Issiorore" is "Greetings in the Tokachi dialect. "Issorore" is "Greetings" in the Kushiro dialect. "Iramkarapte" is "Greetings" in the Ezo dialect. So the language can either by taught according to the dialect area it is in, or it can be standardized into one dialect.

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