The two tags seem definitely redundant.

, 53 questions, tag excerpt: "Questions related to the varieties of Chinese spoken in Taiwan."

, 10 questions, tag excerpt: "Taiwanese is the people who live in Taiwan, and is also their language. Taiwanese use traditional Chinese to write and record."

Currently there's a little inconsistency in how tags relating to regional varieties are handled. For one, [cantonese] on one hand is the name of the language, but [hong-kong] is the name of the place. The tag [hong-kong] does include some questions loosely related to regional variants of cantonese, but of mandarin as well. Though it makes sense to keep it as is, so that it can be used for questions not strictly related to language.

So I considered that:

  • Taiwanese might be confused for the native Formosan language, which should be off-topic
  • questions about specific on-topic varieties of Chinese spoken in Taiwan have already their own tag (Hakka and Hokkien).
  • like [hong-kong] the tag is used for questions that are loosely related to the language (e.g. culture, local habits, etc.)

I propose to synonymize [taiwanese] in favor of [taiwan]. (Likely requires mod action)

  • I think Taiwanese = Taiwanese Hokkien, which could be any of the following Chinese terms: 台湾话、台语、台湾闽南语. It's part of Quanzhang (泉漳片) which is part of Southern Min (闽南语). While [taiwan] is more likely to refer to 国语. Not sure what the best way to organize the tags would be though. Never heard the term Taiwanese in reference to Formosan languages. Amis, for instance, is usually just called 阿美语, etc.
    – Mou某 Mod
    Sep 17, 2020 at 18:40


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