About Me & My Language
Hello! My name is Apay Ai-yu Tracy
Tang, and I am a graduate student in linguistics at the University of
Hawaii. I am a speaker of Truku.
Truku is spoken in Hualien, situated in the Eastern part of Taiwan, and has about 20,000 speakers. It is one of the Formosan languages, specifically a subgroup of Atayal, commonly referred to as Sediq (Sejiq). In addition, Sediq consists of three dialects: Teuda, Tkdaya and Truku (Yang 1993, a handout).
|First name|| Apay (Ai-yu)
|Preferred name(s) of your language||Truku, Seejiq
|Language classification||Austronesian (Formosan )
|Geographic areas where spoken||Eastern Taiwan|
|Approximate number of monolingual speakers||unknown (young speakers don't speak Truku)|
|Approximate number of fluent speakers||unknown (60 years old above)|
|Other languages spoken in area/country||Official language: Mandarin Chinese; other 13 indigenous Formosan languages
|Do the representatives of neighboring ethnic groups learn to speak your language?||No|
|Does you language have a widely accepted writing system?||Romanization
|If you answered yes, what materials are written?||3 textbooks for beginning learners, a hymnbook, a 300-word Truku-Chinese Dictionary and the Bible|