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"We can now use our language in the written form," he told me proudly. Previously, advertisements and newspapers used only standard written Chinese, which is easily comprehensible to all Chinese-literate readers, whereas non-Cantonese speakers might struggle to understand the written vernacular. why is chiropractic legit Mr Lau dates the rise in written Cantonese to greater awareness of a local Cantonese identity, as opposed to a more general Chinese sense of self. Mr Lau and a number of volunteers are compiling an online Cantonese dictionary, documenting its evolution. Working in parallel, Mr Bauer, the Cantonese expert, will soon be publishing a Cantonese-English dictionary, which will be available online and in book form. According to these experts, Cantonese isn't dying at all. For now. "From a linguistic point of view, it's not endangered at all. It's doing quite well compared to other languages in the China region," said Mr Lau. But he and others worry about the long-term consequences of the rise of Putonghua in Hong Kong, especially as more schools seem to be keen to teach in the medium. "Speaking, and writing, Cantonese has now become an political act," said Robert Bauer. "If present trends continue, children are not going to speak Cantonese down the road. It will become endangered." Image copyright PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images Image caption An advert promoting a Cantonese Opera house in Hong Kong He cited the history of Cantonese in Guangdong province, where he believes efforts to spread Putonghua have been too successful, with children now not using their mother tongue. But Ms Chan of Hong Kong Polytechnic is hong kong less pessimistic. Contrary to what had been predicted, she says, Cantonese has maintained, and even extended, its dominant position after the handover in the areas of politics and law.
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