About the authors: Walter Shearer is Senior Economic Affairs Officer and Deputy Chief, Energy and Transport Branch, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations. He holds a doctorate from the Université de Paris-Sud. Sun Hongkai is Professor of Linguistics, Institute of Nationality Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.2017 1-4955-0570-72002 0-7734-7306-8
This monograph is a compilation of first-language speaker populations and other data of all the non-Han languages and dialects of China (including Taiwan) identified as of the end of 1998. It makes available for the first time in English information about these populations and contains the latest data on newly identified languages and dialects that have not yet been published. The information for each language includes: name(s) and dialects known; populations for each; locations of speakers in China and neighboring countries; intelligibility information; official nationality classification of the speakers; and alternate classification or status designations that have been proposed.