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Mother Tongues
Global Languages
Part of the Series: Speaking In Tongues

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Manuel David

How can politics be so strong that even Chinese linguists refrain from calling Yue, Wu, Xiang, Gan, Hakka and Hokkien languages. Not that it makes much difference from a linguistic point of view whether you call two linguistic varieties languages or dialects, but if Cantonose and Mandarin are ...Read more