Quantifying Dialect Mutual Intelligibility

  • Chin-Chuan Cheng
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 36)


As students of language we were often asked: ‘How different are Chinese dialects?’ In the past, our standard answer to questions of this sort was to give a classification of the dialects. For example, we would say that Beijing belongs to Mandarin and Xiamen belongs to Southern Min. To a layman, that answer did not make much sense. So the follow-up question was usually the following: ‘Are they mutually intelligible?’ At that point, we were as lost as the layman. How could we talk about dialect similarity and mutual intelligibility?


Speaker Recognition Speech Intelligibility Weight Scale Close Pair Noise Pattern 
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