52,900,000 in China (2013). Total users in all countries: 62,967,910.
Guangdong province: most except Hakka-speaking areas northeast, and Min Nan-speaking areas east; Guangxi province: east; Hainan and Hunan provinces.
2 (Provincial). De facto provincial language in Guangdong Province. Language of recognized nationality: Han.
Siyi (Hoisan, Schleiyip, Seiyap, Taishan, Toisan), Gaolei (Gaoyang), Qinlian, Guinan, Ping, Bobai, Tengxian, Cangwu, Yangjiang, Zhongshan, Guangzhou. The Guangzhou variety considered the standard. A member of macrolanguage Chinese [zho].
SVO; prepositions; genitives, relatives, adjectives, numerals before noun heads; noun classifiers; no articles; 18 consonants, 7 vowels; tonal (6 tones: 3 level, 3 contour).
Many members of other nationalities in Guangxi, Guangdong and Hainan also speak Yue dialects.