Speaking Cantonese may cause nasal cancer

Language Log 2019-09-10

Guangzhou Daily printed an article discussing whether speaking Canto causes nasal cancer:

https://twitter.com/BeWaterHKG/status/1171156739493961728

They'd better be worried! Since Cantonese is merely a "dialect" of "Chinese," if it causes nasal cancer, "Chinese" might cause brain cancer!

 

Selected readings

"Is Cantonese a language, or a personification of the devil? " (2/9/14)

"Cantonese and Mandarin are two different languages" (9/25/15)

"Speak Cantonese" (6/10/16)

"Cantonese: still the main spoken language of Hong Kong" (7/1/17)

"Cantonese is not the mother tongue of Hong Kongers" (5/4/18) — with references to more than two dozen earlier posts on Cantonese relevant to today's topic; in toto, the number of LLog posts touching on one or another aspect of Cantonese is far greater than those listed at the end of this 5/4/18 post

"Cantonese is not the mother tongue of Hong Kongers, part 2 " (5/7/18)

"Cantonese as a Second Language " (4/22/19)

[Thanks to Chris Fraser]