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