Language Planning and Language Ideology in the Ryūkyū Islands

  title={Language Planning and Language Ideology in the Ryūkyū Islands},
  author={Patrick Heinrich},
  journal={Language Policy},
  • P. Heinrich
  • Published 1 May 2004
  • Sociology
  • Language Policy
The Ryūkyū Islands were assimilated into the Japanese nation state in 1879, and Standard Japanese started to spread. Pressure for Standard Japanese language became particularly fervent during the national mobilization campaign, which started in 1939. Following the battle of Okinawa in 1945, the Ryūkyū Islands were separated from Japan and placed under U.S. trusteeship. Although Americans sought to foster Ryūkyūan independence and considered developing Ryūkyūan as a national language, the spread… 
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