Simp.: 汉语; Trad.: 漢語 or 中文; Pinyin: Hànyǔ, Zhōngwén
1.2 billion native speakers
People’s Republic of China, Taiwan (Republic of China), Singapore
Official: People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Singapore
Sinitic branch of the Sino-Tibetan Language Family
Tonal language (3-12 tones, depending on the variety); Subject-Verb-Object (SVO) word order; Analytic language that relies on syntax rather than morphology.
Mandarin (Standard), Wu, Gan, Xiang, Min, Hakka, Yue (Cantonese), and various other dialect groups and sub-dialects. Many Chinese dialects are not mutually intelligible, leading many linguists to classify them as separate languages within the Chinese language continuum rather than true “dialects.”
Chinese characters (Hanzi), which are not phonetic, and each of which represents a monosyllabic Chinese morpheme. “Traditional” style of characters used in Taiwan and Hong Kong, “Simplified” style used in Mainland China and Singapore.
2.8 million speakers, with Mandarin and Cantonese being the two most widely spoken varieties. Third-most widely spoken language in the U.S. Largest communities found in California, New York, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Illinois.
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