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Běijīng, The Language of
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Běijīng Mandarin (Běijīnghuà 北京話, Pekingese, hereafter BM) is a language spoken in the city of Běijīng (Peking) by its natives. The development of BM in this definition is essentially influenced by two factors: the special status as capital that the city enjoyed almost uninterruptedly for nearly a millennium, and the normative language(s) of its successive ruling elites.

Situated for many centuries in the borderlands between China proper and the Altaic peoples to its north, the pr…

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Katia CHIRKOVA and Yiya CHEN, “Běijīng, The Language of”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000033>
First published online: 2015

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