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Re: Hakka Language.
> Sometimes, due to the similarity of Hakka with Mandarin, I really believe
> that, historically, Hakkas and Mandarin speaking people had been two
> neighbouring groups of people. Somehow, the Hakkas had to leave their
> lands because of wars and conflicts. And so were the Cantonese. Hakka
> language has been very similar with Cantonese too. (See, almost all Hakka
> people can learn this language easily.) They might had moved south
> than the Hakkas.
I'm not a linguist. But I have read a number of comments on this area in
this Forum and other Internet sites.
It is said that Hakka is close to both Mandarin and Cantonese, it is in
between both. This could be because of its northern origins (close to
Mandarin) and most of the Hakkas' present settled area (Guangdong) (close
There was something written on the Hainanese previously, that they came
from Fujian and later inter-married the minority tribal people on the
island and the Hainanese dialect was evolved. Hainanese is still
categorized under Min-nan language, similar as Hokkien and Teochew.
Perhaps others can shed more information on this area.