Chinese is part of the Sino-Tibetan language family, a group of languages that all descend from Proto-Sino-Tibetan. The relationship between Chinese and other Sino-Tibetan languages is an area of active research and controversy, as is the attempt to reconstruct Proto-Sino-Tibetan.
When was the Chinese language created?
Written Language. The Chinese language is the oldest written language in the world with at least six thousand years of history. Chinese character inscriptions have been found in turtle shells dating back to the Shang dynasty1 (1766-1123 BC) proving the written language has existed for more than 3,000 years.
Where did the Mandarin language originated?
North China Because Mandarin originated in North China and most Mandarin dialects are found in the north, the group is sometimes referred to as Northern Chinese (simplified Chinese: 北方话; traditional Chinese: 北方話; pinyin: běifānghuà; lit. northern speech).
What language is Chinese based on?
Mandarin The predominant language is Standard Chinese, which is based on central Mandarin, but there are hundreds of related Chinese languages, collectively known as Hanyu (simplified Chinese: 汉语; traditional Chinese: 漢語; pinyin: Hànyǔ, Han language), that are spoken by 92% of the population.
What is the first Chinese language?
Proto-Sino-Tibetan According to linguists, the different dialects of Chinese were in the Sino-Tibetan language family. The original Chinese language, called Proto-Sino-Tibetan, eventually evolved to form variations of the language such as Sinitic and Tibeto-Burman.