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Yue Chinese

NameYue
ImagecaptionYuht Yúh/Jyut6 jyu5 (Yue) written in traditional Chinese (left) and simplified Chinese (right) characters
Nativename粵語/粤语
 / 
FamilycolorSino-Tibetan
StatesChina, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Kota Kinabalu), Vietnam, Indonesia (Medan), United States, Canada, United Kingdom and other countries where Cantonese migrants have settled.
Speakers56 million in 1984
Regionin China: the Pearl River Delta (central Guangdong; Hong Kong, Macau); the eastern and southern Guangxi; parts of Hainan;
Fam2Sinitic
Fam3Chinese
Fam4Ping Yue
Dia1Yuehai (Cantonese)
Dia2Siyi (Taishanese)
Dia3Gao-Yang
Dia4Yong-Xun
Dia5Goulou
Dia6Luo-Guang
Dia7Qin-Lian
Dia8Wu-Hua
Dia9Hainan Yue
ScriptTraditional Chinese
NationHong Kong and Macau (de facto, though officially referred to as "Chinese"; Cantonese and occasionally Mandarin are used in government). Recognised regional language in Suriname.
Iso3yue
NoticeIPA

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Yue, commonly known as Cantonese, is a primary branch of Chinese spoken in southern China.

The issue of whether Yue is a language in its own right or a dialect of a single Chinese language depends on conceptions of what a language is. Like the other branches of Chinese, Yue is considered a dialect for ethnic, political, and cultural reasons, but it is also considered a distinct language because of linguistic reasons. Spoken Cantonese is mutually unintelligible with other varieties of Chinese, though intelligible to a certain degree in its written form.

The areas of China with the highest concentration of speakers are the provinces of Guangdong and (eastern) Guangxi and the regions of Hong Kong and Macau. There are also substantial Cantonese- and Taishanese-speaking minorities overseas in Southeast Asia, Canada, Australia, and the United States.

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TheNewsTribune.com--"I am innocent," Zhen Wu Chen told Spanner, speaking in -Cantonese-. Chen, 46, of Portland, and three other men were arrested by Pasco police Monday on suspicion of manufacturing marijuana with intent to deliver a con - Date : Thu, 14 Apr 2011 08:40:44 GMT+00:00
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DVD Talk--This disc offers up DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio tracks in -Cantonese-, Mandarin and English with optional subtitles offered in English only. Aside from a few typos here and there, the subtitles are done well and are easy enough to read. ... - Date : Sat, 16 Apr 2011 15:55:35 GMT+00:00
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NEWS.com.au--Chinese languages are also widely spoken, with 3.7 per cent of Australian kids speaking Mandarin, slightly outnumbering -Cantonese- (3.6 per cent). Hindi, a language common in India, was the tongue of 3.2 per cent of kids. ... - Date : Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:49:40 GMT+00:00
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UC Davis--An influential model for teaching reading and comprehension to English learners doesn't work well for -Cantonese--speaking children, according to new research from the University of California, Davis, School of Education. Yuuko Uchikoshi, a - Date : Fri, 08 Apr 2011 18:53:44 GMT+00:00
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SF Weekly (blog)--Like most of the city's hundreds of family-style -Cantonese- restaurants, the scope of the menu is far grander than the size of the place, and Kam Lok wears its age frankly ― no Botox, no rejuvenating eyecreams or hair dyes. Look - Date : Thu, 14 Apr 2011 19:07:58 GMT+00:00
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The National--The red and black decor is sleek and modern at Chi 'Zen, the new -Cantonese- restaurant in Dubai's Festival City. The marina promenade at Dubai's Festival City has been described as an up-and-coming part of town. In the future - Date : Tue, 05 Apr 2011 20:12:02 GMT+00:00
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7thSpace Interactive (press release)--Hong Kong (HKSAR) - Led by veteran actors Ng Chin-fung and Tang Mi-ling, the locally-based Ling Lung -Cantonese- Opera Troupe will perform the newly written "Li Qingzhao" and traditional work &qu - Date : Mon, 04 Apr 2011 04:19:15 GMT+00:00
Under fire, US eyes Internet to reach Chinese - AFP Tweet this news
AFP--Under a budget proposal for next year, Voice of America would close its longtime radio and television broadcasts in Mandarin and eliminate its -Cantonese- service entirely, cutting 45 jobs and saving $8 million. The belt-tightening comes as China ram - Date : Thu, 07 Apr 2011 02:15:00 GMT+00:00

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