Which is actually older? Minbei, Minnan, Minzhong, Mindong?
How did Min language group get seperated into so many varieties that are intelligible whereas the same did not happen for Hakka and Yue to such an extent?
They are NOT intelligible without prior knowledge of the sound changes.
All languages change over time but because Fujian province is mountainous, separation and non interaction between different parts of Fujian causes the languages to evolve differently.
Remember, TV only came into everybody life in 1960.
Before that , there were no TV, aeroplane, car. The only transportation were horses and boats which limited travel between different parts of Fujian.
Hopefully, with the easier travel and TV in modern times, there should be a standard for Minnan and MinDong. I think Minbei and Minzhong will die off eventually.
Edited by xng, 17 June 2011 - 11:58 PM.