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February 12, 2014

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John

Susan,

Did many (or any) Portuguese words find their way into Chinese by virtue of Portugal's long-standing presence in Macau?

Good post

John

Virtual Linguist

Thanks, John, and what a good question that is. There is very little on the internet to help me answer that question. I have found one thread on a forum which touches the topic (see here http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/phorum/read.php?1,98708,99353), and I have discovered that there is an endangered dialect in Macau, Patuá, in which Chinese and Portuguese are blended, but there's little else. I think I'll write tomorrow's blog post on Patuá, as I'd never heard of it before now.

Thanks for your comment, John, as a result of which I have learnt a lot.

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