Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Cantonese is a language

Sent to the Hong Kong Free Press, May 2

Re: “Cantonese a dialect, not a mother tongue, says Hong Kong Education Bureau supporting material on Mandarin.” (May 2, 2018)

Song Yinqiao has stated that Cantonese is a dialect of Chinese and therefore cannot be considered to be a mother tongue. If so, Mandarin is also a Chinese dialect and cannot be considered to be a mother tongue. 

Stephen Krashen (Ph.D, Linguistics, UCLA)
Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this. If we insist that Mandarin is its own language, than Cantonese must also be. If Mandarin is a dialect of Chinese, than so is Cantonese. Thank you for pointing this out and sending this in.