Reference Entry

Cantonese (Yue)

in Berkshire Encyclopedia of China

Published by Berkshire Publishing Group

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780977015948
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190622671
Cantonese (Yue)

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Fifty-five million Chinese speak Cantonese (Yue), which makes Cantonese the second-most-spoken language in China after Mandarin. But is Cantonese—and Mandarin for that matter—a language or a dialect of a larger Chinese language? Linguists have long debated the point.

Reference Entry.  1519 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Sciences

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