Kanakanavu is an aboriginal language of Taiwan, R.O.C. and a member of the Tsouic group of the Formosan languages. The language is highly endangered.

Traditional men’s house or ’cakʉrʉ

The ethnic group of the Kanakanavu lives mainly in a village of Central Taiwan. It is highly sinicized; today’s children and parents generations can no longer speak their ancestors' language. At most ten persons speak the language native-like. All of them are 60 years and more of age. The language will be extinct within the next 10 years unless there are substantial efforts for revitalization.

Some of our speakers:

翁坤 (Mo’o Ka’angena)

謝藍鳳嬌 (Uva)

孔岳中 (Pani)

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