Journal of the International Phonetic Association

Illustrations of the IPA

Hakka Chinese

Wai-Sum Leea1 and Eric Zeea1

a1 Phonetics Lab, Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, City University of Hong Kong, w.s.lee@cityu.edu.hk, eric.zee@cityu.edu.hk

Hakka Chinese is also known in China as Kejia dialect. The present study is based on phonetic data collected from native speakers of Hakka Chinese, male and female, aged between 18 and 22, during our field trips to Hakka-speaking Meixian County in the northeastern part of Guangdong Province in southeastern China in 2007. The speakers have lived all their life in Meijiang District of the county, speaking Meijiang variety which is considered representative of Meixian Hakka. The style of speech illustrated here is that typical of the educated younger generation and the recording is that of a 22-year-old male college student.

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