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Media: Beijing Linguistic Committee Initiative to Preserve Old Beijing Chinese Dialect

Submitter: Brent Woo

Submitter Email: bwoo@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin

Media Body: The Beijing Linguistic Committee feels that the "pure old Beijing" dialect is dying out and has taskforces actively going out to record and document the dialect.

Read more: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/video/2013-07/30/c_132586969.htm
Issue Number: 24.3102
Date Posted: July 30, 2013

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