U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > Asia
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
View Poll Results: Which one?
China 3 11.11%
India 23 85.19%
Both are equally so 1 3.70%
Voters: 27. You may not vote on this poll

Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 04-29-2014, 09:26 PM
 
Location: East coast
613 posts, read 894,448 times
Reputation: 306

Advertisements

Among the languages of all groups spoken within the countries' boundaries, which has greater diversity. Apparently India has 22 official languages, and also languages in different families, like Indo-European, Dravidian and others.

China seems to be more big on linguistic unity than India, but since some of the forms of speech called Chinese "dialects" are really languages, perhaps it too has some linguistic diversity that's been underestimated, plus also non-Chinese languages within its borders.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-30-2014, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
9,781 posts, read 16,280,333 times
Reputation: 2833
India. No language dominates India like Mandarin dominates China, even if many languages are spoken within the borders of the PRC. Min, Yue, Wu are decreasing, while the Indian languages, from Gujarat, Punjabi, Marathi, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalee, Kanada, Tamil.etc seem holding strong. Hindi has a stronghold in northern India but not so much the south.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2014, 08:44 AM
 
Location: In the heights
22,222 posts, read 23,735,900 times
Reputation: 11669
India by a massive margin. More languages, more diversity within those languages, more language families and a much more even proportional spread for the languages.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2014, 08:48 AM
 
10,847 posts, read 11,289,596 times
Reputation: 7587
India for sure.

China is rapidly losing its linguistic diversity. You don't hear Shanghainese kids speaking Shanghainese to each other any more.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2014, 09:33 AM
 
Location: In the heights
22,222 posts, read 23,735,900 times
Reputation: 11669
Quote:
Originally Posted by botticelli View Post
India for sure.

China is rapidly losing its linguistic diversity. You don't hear Shanghainese kids speaking Shanghainese to each other any more.
I know, it's screwed up. I speak Hokkien and I was raised in the States, but when I visit parts of East Asia that hosted traditionally Hokkien-speaking communities, I find that the people my generation speak it far worse than even I do. I basically only use it with people two decades or more older than me.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2014, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
9,781 posts, read 16,280,333 times
Reputation: 2833
Quote:
Originally Posted by OyCrumbler View Post
I know, it's screwed up. I speak Hokkien and I was raised in the States, but when I visit parts of East Asia that hosted traditionally Hokkien-speaking communities, I find that the people my generation speak it far worse than even I do. I basically only use it with people two decades or more older than me.
The decline of Hokkien/Minnan in Singapore, Taiwan and southern Fujian itself is sad. In Singapore it was actively discouraged by the government in favour of Mandarin. I think there should be more of a sense of Hoklo/Fujianese identity instead of just Chinese. My grandmother speaks Hokkien.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2014, 06:45 PM
 
1,098 posts, read 1,673,900 times
Reputation: 971
Quote:
Originally Posted by OyCrumbler View Post
I know, it's screwed up. I speak Hokkien and I was raised in the States, but when I visit parts of East Asia that hosted traditionally Hokkien-speaking communities, I find that the people my generation speak it far worse than even I do. I basically only use it with people two decades or more older than me.
You must be very young if you included parts of Taiwan outside of Taipei/New Taipei. I still regularly hear people in their late 30's/early 40's speak Taiwanese among themselves there.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2014, 06:50 PM
 
25,059 posts, read 23,214,202 times
Reputation: 11624
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoldenTiger View Post
You must be very young if you included parts of Taiwan outside of Taipei/New Taipei. I still regularly hear people in their late 30's/early 40's speak Taiwanese among themselves there.
I know a Taiwanese in her 20s that speaks Taiwanese with her family.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2014, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
9,781 posts, read 16,280,333 times
Reputation: 2833
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoldenTiger View Post
You must be very young if you included parts of Taiwan outside of Taipei/New Taipei. I still regularly hear people in their late 30's/early 40's speak Taiwanese among themselves there.
I've been all over Taiwan. Taiwanese or Hokkien is mostly spoken among older folks.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-30-2014, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
1,379 posts, read 1,277,205 times
Reputation: 1268
According to The Economist, India has over 400 languages. Daily chart: Speaking in tongues | The Economist
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > Asia
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top