Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
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[LINK] The decline of Cantonese?

Over at Foreign Dispatches, Abiola Lapite linked to David Pierson's Los Angeles Times article "Cantonese is Losing Its Voice". According to Pierson, the Cantonese language historically dominant in Chinese-American communities thanks to Cantonese-speaking China's historic dominance of emigration is losing ground, as speakers of other Chinese regional languages arrive in large numbers and Standard Mandarin becomes a lingua franca for all Chinese. Given the similar demographics, I wouldn't be surprised if the Mandarinization described in this article is taking place in other overseas Chinese communities. Singapore, with its Speak Mandarin Campaign, might simply have been ahead of its time.
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