52,000,000 in China (1984). Population total all countries: 62,239,960.
Guangdong Province (except Hakka-speaking areas northeast, Min Nan-speaking areas east); Hainan Island; east Guangxi. Also in Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Hong Kong, Macao, Costa Rica, Honduras, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam.
2 (Provincial). De facto provincial language in Guangdong Province.
Bobai, Cangwu, Gaolei (Gaoyang), Guangzhou, Guinan, Ping, Qinlian, Siyi (Hoisan, Schleiyip, Seiyap, Taishan, Toisan), Tengxian, Yangjiang, Zhongshan. The Guangzhou variety considered the standard.
SVO; prepositions; genitives, relatives, articles, adjectives, numerals before noun heads; tonal
Majority in China classified as Han nationality, though many members of other nationalities in Guangxi, Guangdong and Hainan also speak Yue dialects.