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Austronesian languages

  • Amish
Language codes
ISO 639 -1


ISO 639 -2

map (other Austronesian languages)

ISO 639-3


The Amis Language is the language of the Amis , the largest indigenous people in Taiwan . It belongs to the group of Austronesian languages and is written with Latin letters.


The following examples of words in the Amis language:

  • lotong: monkey
  • fafoy: pig
  • wacu: dog
  • pusi: cat
  • kudiwis: hare
  • kawanan: right
  • fanaw: See
  • namal: fire
  • hucal: white
  • cecay: one
  • tosa: two
  • tolo: three
  • sepat: four
  • lima: five
  • enem: six
  • pito: seven
  • falo: eight
  • siwa: nine
  • polo: ten

The pronunciation

The consonants

Bilabial Labiodental Dental Alveolar Palatal Velar epiglottal Glottal
Plosive p t k '⁠ [ʡ⁠] ^
Fricative f d s (z) x H
Affricates c
nasal m n ng
Vibrant r
lateral approximant l
Approximant w y

The vocals

front center back
with closed mouth i u
with half-open mouth e O
with open mouth a

Sentence structure

There are nine different types of sentence structures in this language. B. normal sentence order, special sentence order, optative (desired form), imperative (command or request form) etc.

The first (normal) sentence position: predicate-subject

predicate subject
Verb , adjective etc. ko ( article of the subject) + nominative

Example sentence

  • Maomahay ko wama. (The father is working.)

maomahay : work; wama : father; ko : corresponds to the specific article in the German language

  • Misaholoay ko wina. (The mother cooks rice.)

misaholoay : cooking rice; wina / ina : the mother

The second (normal) sentence position: predicate - subject - object

predicate subject object
Verb , adjective etc. ko ( article of the subject ) + nominative to (preposition of the accusative ) + nominative

Example sentence

  • Mifaca 'ko kaying to riko' . (The young lady washes clothes.)

mifaca ' : wash; kaying : miss; riko '/ fudoy : clothes


  • Sih-ci, Zeng, Jhong-han, Cai: Communication sentence structure of the native language Amis (阿美族 母語 會話 句型). Publisher: Taiwan Aboriginal Foundation, Taipei, 1997. ISBN 957-98515-1-4

Individual evidence

  1. Quoted from Ethnologue: 2002 Council for Indigenous Peoples, Executive Yuan, Republic of China

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