52,000,000 in China (1984). Population total all countries: 62,221,560.
Mainly Guangdong, except Hakka-speaking areas northeast, and Min Nan-speaking areas east. and in east Guangxi provinces. Other areas: Hainan and Hunan provinces.
2 (Provincial). De facto provincial language in Guangdong Province. Language of recognized nationality: Han.
Bobai, Cangwu, Gaolei (Gaoyang), Guangzhou, Guinan, Ping, Qinlian, Siyi (Hoisan, Schleiyip, Seiyap, Taishan, Toisan), Tengxian, Yangjiang, Zhongshan. The Guangzhou variety considered the standard. A member of macrolanguage Chinese [zho].
SVO; prepositions; genitives, relatives, articles, adjectives, numerals before noun heads; tonal.
Second only to Mandarin [cmn] in use. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Though many Yue speakers can understand Mandarin [cmn], many have difficulty speaking it. Used as L2 by Biao [byk], Chadong [cdy], E [eee], Min Nan Chinese [nan], Tsat [huq], Vietnamese [vie], Yang Zhuang [zyg], Yongnan Zhuang [zyn], Zuojiang Zhuang [zzj].
Many members of other nationalities in Guangxi, Guangdong and Hainan also speak Yue dialects.