Min dialect


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Noun1.Min dialect - any of the forms of Chinese spoken in Fukien provinceMin dialect - any of the forms of Chinese spoken in Fukien province
Chinese - any of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in China; regarded as dialects of a single language (even though they are mutually unintelligible) because they share an ideographic writing system
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There they retained elements of their Min dialect and adhered to time-honored traditions, including that of bringing in brides from the mother's or sister-in-law's family or from an aunt's or a grandmother's village.
Although the religious culture on which Penang spirit mediumship is founded is pan-Asian and ancient, and thus hardly unique to the Chinese, it also links Penang Chinese to their immigrant roots, employing a very specific set of Southern Min practices evocative of a literary tradition, best evinced by the tendency of practitioners to employ formal literary forms, spoken with 'deep' Min dialect pronunciation.
Programs in Mandarin, Cantonese, English and Min dialect, prevalent in Taiwan and Fujian province, began service Feb.
Longyan's /[kat.sup.8]/ is not matched by data in any other Min dialect I have examined, and it would seem to be more conservative than Amoy and Teochew /[ka.sup.1]/.
The first is the more common form, found in several dialect groups, from the northern and southwestern Mandarin groups to the Wu, Yue, and Min dialect groups.
On the same page, we also find a disconcerting passage with a series of problems, one with agreement in number and then one in referent: "It is reasonable to say that most modern Chinese dialects can be regarded as a descendant of Middle Chinese, although some features of certain dialects, such as the Min dialects, are actually older than Middle Chinese." Dialects are "a descendant"?