Sakizaya language

Native to Taiwan
Ethnicity Sakizaya
Native speakers
913 (2017)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 [note 1]
Glottolog saki1247[1]
(purple) Greater Ami. Nataoran and Sakizaya are in the north.

Sakizaya is a Formosan language closely related to Amis.


After the Takobowan Incident of 1876, the Sakizaya people hid among the Nataoran Amis, and the Sakizaya language was thus categorized as a dialect of Amis.

In 2002, the Center of Aboriginal Studies of National Chengchi University in Taiwan corrected this error when they edited the indigenous languages textbooks. Therefore, that year Sakizaya language was designated both as a Chilai and Amis sublanguage.[2] On 17 January 2007, the Taiwan government recognised the Sakizaya community as the thirteenth distinct indigenous ethnic group.[3]

940 people are registered as Sakizaya.[4] They live in the Takubuwan, Sakur, Maifor and Kaluluwan communities. Thousands of others are still registered as Amis. Around half of Amis politicians in Hualian, the biggest Amis city, are actually Sakizaya.


Sakizaya language is officially classified as a dialect of Nataoran Amis by the international standard-keeper of SIL/Ethnologue,[5] but in the statement from the Taiwan government,[6] the language is separate from Amis and no other dialect descends from Sakizaya.

See also


  1. ISO 639-3 code ais is assigned to "Nataoran Amis" by SIL/Ethnologue. However, the government of the Republic of China uses this code for the Sakizayan language.


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Sakizaya". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. Textbooks by the Council of Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan
  3. Taiwan recognises 'lost' people. BBC News. Retrieved on January 19, 2007
  4. 中華民國原住民族委員會, 2018年6月23日查閱
  5. Nataoran at Ethnologue
  6. General regulations for Test of Taiwan Indigenous Languages, 2017, Council of Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan


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