John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Mon Sep 22 23:21:34 CEST 2014

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> I have no idea where this came from, but:
> 1. Cantonese, not Yue, is the main Chinese language spoken in Hong Kong
>    and Macau.

This is off-topic to the request, but being afflicted with Geek Answer Syndrome,
(the tendency to answer questions that haven't been asked), I can't help
clearing it up.  "Cantonese" and "Yue" are synonymous.  More precisely,
"Cantonese" is a somewhat polysemous term: it can mean the local variety
of Guangdong (= Canton) city, or Guangdong province, or the whole language
in all its varieties to which they belong.

"Yue" has been applied to a variety of Southern things throughout Chinese
history:  the "hundred Yue" were the non-Chinese kingdoms south of China
at any given point, and the word "Viet" is another form of the same word.

So Yue is indeed the language of the streets (though not of the administration)
in Hong Kong and Macau.

John Cowan          http://www.ccil.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
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