one of the major Chinese subdivisions spoken by the Hakka people
Hak-kâ-fa/Hak-kâ-va (Hakka/Kejia) written in Chinese characters
|Native to||China, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan (due to presence of Taiwanese community in Tokyo-Yokohama Metropolitan Area), Singapore, Indonesia, Mauritius, Suriname, South Africa, India, Vietnam and other countries where Hakka Chinese-speaking migrants have settled.|
|Region||in China: Eastern Guangdong province; adjoining regions of Fujian and Jiangxi provinces|
|Ethnicity||Hakka people (Han Chinese)|
|30 million (2007)|
Official language in
|none (legislative bills have been proposed for it to be one of the "national languages" in the Republic of China)|
one of the statutory languages for public transport announcements in the ROC; government sponsors Hakka-language television station to preserve language
- Mikael Parkvall, "Världens 100 största språk 2007" (The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007), in Nationalencyklopedin
- Hakka was written in Chinese characters by missionaries around the turn of the 20th century.
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Hakka Chinese". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- The Hakka Dialect. A Linguistic Study of its Phonology, Syntax and Lexicon, by Mantaro J. Hashimoto. (Cambridge University Press, 1973).