Min dialect


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Synonyms for Min dialect

any of the forms of Chinese spoken in Fukien province

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Throughout this study the name "Nam Long" applies to this specific area or enclave and the subtype of Min dialect spoken there, as well as to its native inhabitants and its overseas emigrants and their descendants--that is, the Nam Long people.
Linguist Nicholas Bodman (1981) claims that the Nam Long speech was derived from a northeastern Min dialect spoken in the Fuzhou region.
Yuen Hung Fai (1983) has traced the Ming subdialect, presently spoken by native Nam Long inhabitants, back to the Eastern Min dialect as it prevailed in Putian during the late Southern Song.
(4.) Although both Nam Long and Loong Doo may have stemmed from a northeastern Min dialect, Soren Egerod (1979) has noted that the two subdialects "belong to different Fujian strains and have quite a different history" in respect to their subsequent development.
Li Rulong [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], a Min dialect specialist long resident in Foochow, has informed me (p.c.
However, although the Min contrast may perhaps be the relic of an earlier morphological process, that process is certainly no longer active in attested Min dialects. Note, too, that South Coblin (1995) has shown the 'a-chung symbol in Tibetan itself to have been a diacritic of varying usage, and not by any means simply a laryngeal sound, prefix or otherwise, so that this example may not be viable without further evidence.
Outside of mainstream Minnan, the Min dialects are, regrettably, not documented with anything like the thoroughness of the traditional missionary materials.
Against the count-noun proposal, one might also object that count-nouns are extremely numerous in Min dialects and only a very small number of them exhibit the /ka-/ prefix.