Saisiyat Language (xsy)

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Also Known As: Saisirat,Saisiett,Saisyet,Saisiat,Saiset,Amutoura,Saisett,Saisyett,Seisirat,Bouiok


Saisiyat is the language of the Saisiyat, a tribe of indigenous people on Taiwan (see Taiwanese aborigines). It is a Formosan language of the Austronesian family. It has approximately 4,750 speakers. The language area of Saisiyat is small, situated in the northwest of the country between the Hakka Chinese and Atayal regions in the mountains (Wufeng-hsiang, Hsinchu, Nanchuang-hsiang, Miaoli).

Today, one thousand Saisiyat people do not use the Saisiyat language. Many young people use Hakka or Atayal instead, and few children speak Saisiyat. Hakka Chinese speakers, Atayal speakers and Saisiyat speakers live more or less together. Many Saisiyat are able to speak Saisiyat, Hakka, Atayal, Mandarin, and, sometimes, Min Nan as well. Although Saisiyat has a relatively large number of speakers, the language is endangered...... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Saisiyat Language Speakers


Main Country: Taiwan
Spoken In:

Regions: Asia

ISO 639-3 Code: xsy

Classification Taxonomy

All Languages

  Austronesian Group

    Formosan Group

      Paiwanic Group

        Saisiyat Language