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The current tag wiki excerpt of is:

Questions regarding regional variants of the Chinese language.

which is spot-on. The definition of the word "topolect", specifically applied to Chinese, is:

A regional variety of Chinese; especially a lect other than Standard Mandarin.

Assuming that the terms "variants", "variety" and "variation" are equivalent w.r.t. this discussion, from these definitions follows that [regional-variation], for which no tag wiki excerpt is given, is effectively included in [topolect].


A tag synonym seems warranted. However I believe this requires a mod intervention, because of all users who could vote on this synonym (7), only one visited meta in 2020 (Mo.♦), and half of them haven't been seen for years.

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This seems like a suitable change to me. Done: merge/synonymized -> .

Noun. topolect (plural topolects) (linguistics, sociolinguistics) The speech form, variety (lect) of a particular place or region. Synonyms: geolect, regiolect, regionalect. (linguistics) A regional variety of Chinese; especially a lect other than Standard Mandarin.

For the record, here are the 17 questions currently tagged :


It may be worth doing the same thing for (11 Qs), but let's save that for a future meta post.

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  • are we going to pull the trigger on this?
    – blackgreen
    Aug 4 '20 at 0:02
  • Oh oops, I forgot about this one. It still seems fairly reasonable. Although a score of +1 isn't that strong.
    – Becky 李蓓 Mod
    Aug 4 '20 at 1:22
  • heh, we don't have that big of a participation in meta, we're always treading on 0-3 score ranges.. but if you want to wait this out, no problem for me
    – blackgreen
    Aug 4 '20 at 8:08

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