L1 users: 62,000,000 (Asher and Moseley 2007). Total users in all countries: 72,893,210.
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).
Second only to Mandarin [cmn] in use. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Mandarin Chinese [cmn], which many understand, speaking it only with difficulty. Used as L2 by Biao [byk], Chadong [cdy], E [eee], Min Nan Chinese [nan], 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.