(Taiwanhua or Taiyu) Taiwanese is a variety of the Southern Min language, which is a member of the Sinitic language
family, spoken widely in Taiwan. It is chiefly spoken by the Han people who migrated to Taiwan from Fujian Province, China in
the late Ming dynasty.
Differences between Mandarin and Taiwanese:
Mandarin is distinguished by 4 tones and retroflex initials, whereas Taiwanese is distinguished by 6 lexical tones and 3 sets of obstruents: voiced, voiceless and aspirated. The tones of Taiwanese Mandarin are exactly the same as those of Standard Mandarin,
with two major exceptions: 1.The third tone of Taiwanese Mandarin is almost never realized with the final rise, even when in sentence-final position. 2.The neutral tone is much less common in Taiwanese Mandarin. Most syllables are pronounced with a full t
Of all varieties of dialects, two are most predominate: the Zhangzhou ?? dialect of Southern Min, and the Quanzhou ?? dialect of Southern Min. These two dialects of Southern Min are the ancestral languages of an estimated 70% of Han Chinese people living in Taiwan. Zhangzhou dialect is the standard Taiwanese dialect with many regional varieties.
Other regional languages spoken in Taiwan include Hakka and Formosan languages, Amis, Atayal, Bunun, Paiwan, Puyuma, Rukai, Saisiyat, Tao, Taroko, and
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