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haoyun long
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dialects

Postby haoyun long » Sat Aug 20, 2005 9:23 pm

how many diferant dialects of chinese are there!!

well I dont know so if you do PLEASE ANSWER TO THIS!!!

and then I will know and evewry body else who looks at this post! :)
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How many?

Postby Fluency » Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:53 pm

This is really an impossible question to answer, you first have to define what "Chinese" is, then you have define "what a "dialect" is. Linguists have been arguing over these distinctions for years. They cannot even agree if Chinese is a single language or an inclusive group of several distinct languages.

The simplest answer would be...lots and lots.
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