Noam Chomsky: The Concept of Language

What we call “Chinese” is a set of languages which are as different from one another as … as the different Romance languages, they just happen to be all yellow on a map or something and they happen to be unified in a political area but there’s no sense in which they’re the same language—we call them “Chinese dialects” but that would be like calling French and Romanian two different dialects of the same language—Latin or something.