Portal:Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia
The Burmese language is the official language of Burma. Burmese is the native language of the Bamar and related sub-ethnic groups of the Bamar, as well as that of some ethnic minorities in Burma like the Mon.— Excerpted from Burmese language on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
- Grammatical Notices of the Burmese Language, 1842 by Adoniram Judson
- Grammar of the Burmese Language, 1883 by Adoniram Judson
Chinese, or the Sinitic language(s), is a language family consisting of languages which are mostly mutually unintelligible to varying degrees. There are between 7 and 13 main regional groups of Chinese (depending on classification scheme), of which the most spoken, by far, is Mandarin (about 850 million), followed by Wu (90 million), Cantonese (Yue) (70 million) and Min (50 million). Most of these groups are mutually unintelligible, although some, like Xiang and the Southwest Mandarin dialects, may share common terms and some degree of intelligibility.— Excerpted from Chinese language on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
- The Chinese Language Spoken at Fuh Chau, 1856 by Moses Clark White
- Dictionary of the Foochow Dialect, 1929 by R. S. Maclay, C. C. Baldwin and Samuel H. Leger
- See also Japanese Wikisource
Japanese is a language spoken by over 130 million people in Japan and in Japanese emigrant communities. It is a member of the Japonic (or Japanese-Ryukyuan) language family, which has a number of proposed relationships with other languages, none of which has gained wide acceptance among historical linguists.— Excerpted from Japanese language on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
- A History of Japanese Literature, 1909 by William George Aston
- Kimi ga Yo, Japanese national anthem, lyrics based on a waka poem written in the Heian period (794-1185), 1880 melody by Yoshiisa Oku and Akimori Hayashi, supervised by Hiromori Hayashi (partly based on the original 1870 melody by John William Fenton)
- Botchan, 1906 novel by Natsume Sōseki, translated by Yasotaro Morri
- Rashōmon, 1914 by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
- See also Korean Wikisource
Korean is the official language of Korea, both South and North. It is also one of the two official languages in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in People's Republic of China. There are about 78 million Korean speakers worldwide. In the 15th century, a national writing system was commissioned by Sejong the Great, the system being currently called Hangul.— Excerpted from Korean language on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
- See also Thai Wikisource
Thai is the national and official language of Thailand and the native language of the Thai people, Thailand's dominant ethnic group. Thai is a member of the Tai group of the Tai-Kadai language family.— Excerpted from Thai language on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Altaic is a proposed language family that is held by its proponents to include the Turkic, Mongolic, Tungusic, and possibly the Japonic language families and the Korean language isolate. These languages are spoken in a wide arc stretching from northeast Asia through Central Asia to Anatolia and eastern Europe (Turks, Kalmyks). The group is named after the Altai Mountains, a mountain range in Central Asia.— Excerpted from Altaic languages on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The Dravidian languages are a language family spoken mainly in southern India and parts of eastern and central India as well as in northeastern Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and overseas in other countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. The most populous Dravidian languages are Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam.— Excerpted from Dravidian languages on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.