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Hakka
客家語/客家语/客家話/客家话
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Hak-kâ-fa/Hak-kâ-va (Hakka/Kejia) written in Chinese characters
Native toChina, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan (due to presence of Taiwanese community in Tokyo-Yokohama Metropolitan Area), Singapore, Indonesia, Mauritius, Suriname, South Africa, India, Vietnam and other countries where Hakka Chinese-speaking migrants have settled.
Regionin China: Eastern Guangdong province; adjoining regions of Fujian and Jiangxi provinces
EthnicityHakka people (Han Chinese)
Native speakers30 million  (2007)ne2007
Language family
Writing systemhanzi, romanization[1]
Official status
Official language innone (legislative bills have been proposed for it to be one of the "national languages" in the Republic of China)
Recognised minority language inone of the statutory languages for public transport announcements in the ROC;[2] government sponsors Hakka-language television station to preserve language
Language codes
ISO 639-3hak
Idioma hakka.png
Hakka
Traditional Chinese 客家話
Simplified Chinese 客家话

Hakka is a dialect of the Chinese language spoken mainly in southern China by the Hakka people and their descendants now living in East and Southeast Asia and countries around the world.

Notes

  1. Hakka was written in Chinese characters by missionaries around the turn of the 20th century.[1]
  2. [2]

References

  • The Hakka Dialect. A Linguistic Study of its Phonology, Syntax and Lexicon, by Mantaro J. Hashimoto. (Cambridge University Press, 1973).