Ainu language

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Ainu (アイヌ・イタㇰ, Aynu itak or Аину итак) is the language of the Ainu people, spoken in parts of Japan and Russia but unrelated to either the Japanese or Russian languages. Ainu is endangered, with few fluent speakers, but measures to maintain the language and culture are ongoing, such as regular publications.

Historically, Ainu was an unwritten language, but in Japan it has been rendered in a modified form of the katakana script. It can also be written in the Roman alphabet or in Cyrillic; in Japan, katakana is primarily used, followed by the Roman script.