When we think of endangered languages, we tend to think of those with a small number of speakers in remote areas.
We don’t usually think of Cantonese.
And yet this language with millions of speakers on multiple continents is facing some big changes, and linguists are sounding the alarms.
Linguist Zoe Lam speaks with Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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CBC News: Cantonese language could disappear, says UBC linguist Zoe Lam
Zoe Lam’s profile at UBC
TimeOut.HK: The Death of Cantonese?
International NYT: A Telling Language Lesson in Hong Kong
“A new chief executive took the oath of office in Hong Kong on Sunday morning, and then, somewhat astoundingly, he made his inaugural speech in Mandarin.”
81 Cantonese proverbs in one picture.
UNESCO: Language Vitality and Endangerment (PDF)
HKFP: Canadian university adds Cantonese course amid fears over its decline in Hong Kong
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Prof Stephen Matthews commented that Cantonese may be on its way out after 50 years.
Mother tongue squeezed out of the Chinese classroom in Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong
Ngram chart for “plonk_VERB,plunk_VERB”
Logan Paul doing the splits around New York.
Wikipedia: List of English homographs
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