A Geolinguistic Study of Southern Min and Hakka Dialects in Taoyuan City (I), (Ii)

Project Details


This two-year plan is a part of a collected research project led by Professor Wei Yen-Tsao of theNational Taiwan Normal University and aims to conduct a more detailed survey on the dialects ofMin and Hakka in Fujian, Guangdong and Taiwan.The transitional border zone is a linguistic crossroads, Min, Wu, Gan and Hakka interact andexert two-way influence on other dialects. Its boundary is fluctuating over the time due to severalfactors, linguistically or extra-linguistically (for example cultural change, political upheaval, etc.).Totally more than 700 kilometers long, it starts from Pucheng 浦城and Guangze 光澤in the northand ends in Yongding 永定and Zhao’an 詔安to the south within Fujian and it starts from Raoping饒平and ends in Haifeng 海豐in Guangdong. There are also constant Min-Hakka two-wayinteractions in northern, central, southern and eastern Taiwan. Language contact and convergencephenomena continue for several centuries and the linguistic situation in these regions, especiallyTaoyuan, Hsinchu and Miaoli area, needs a more detailed and correct description. We will carry outpreliminary geo-linguistic surveys in Taiwan (the focus of this project) and mainland China (surveylocation: Lufeng county, Guangdong): in year one the fieldwork locations are in southern TaoyuanMunicipality, in year two focuses are on northern Taoyuan Municipality.
Effective start/end date1/01/1731/07/18

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • Southern Min
  • Hakka
  • Taoyuan
  • geo-linguistics
  • language change
  • language contact


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