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Loanwords in Mandarin through Other Chinese Dialects

(3,263 words)

Author(s): Benjamin T'SOU
The Chinese language and its users as well as contributors are drawn from diverse speech communities from both within and outside Mainland China. Given the size and diversity of the constituent groups and the complex relationships among them over time, it is naturally inevitable that contact-induced two-way linguistic transfers such as word borrowings have taken place throughout history and continue to take place among these speech communities. There is much traditional interest on word borrowin…
Date: 2017-03-02

Yuè 粵 Dialects

(6,907 words)

Author(s): Bit-chee KWOK | not-specified | Benjamin T'SOU | Andy C. CHIN
1. Background The Yuè dialects (Yuèyǔ 粵語 / Yuè fāngyán 粵方言) refer to a group of Chinese dialects spoken mainly in the central and western parts of Guǎngdōng Province, the southeastern and central parts of the Guǎngxī Zhuàng Autonomous Region, as well as in Hong Kong and Macau. A few Yuè-speaking villages can also be found on the southern coast of Hǎinán Province (Huáng 1991) and the eastern tip of Yúnnán Province (Lǐ Jǐnfāng 2000). In addition to this, a large number of overseas Chinese, especiall…
Date: 2017-03-02