Danzhou dialect

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Native to China
Region Hainan (Danzhou)
Native speakers
400,000  (date missing)[citation needed]
  • Chinese
    • (unclassified)
      • Danzhouhua
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Linguist list

Danzhou dialect (simplified Chinese: 儋州话; traditional Chinese: 儋州話; pinyin: Dānzhōu huà), locally known as Xiang hua (Chinese: 乡话; pinyin: xiāng huà; literally: "village speech"), is a Chinese variety of uncertain affiliation spoken in the area of Danzhou in northwestern Hainan, China. The dialect was classified as Yue in the Language Atlas of China,[1][2] but in more recent work is treated as an unclassified southern dialect.[3]


  1. ^ Chen, Bo (1986). "海南语言的分区" [Language distribution on Hainan]. Humanities & Social Sciences Journal of Hainan University 2: 87–97. ISSN 1004-1710. 
  2. ^ Wurm, Stephen Adolphe; Li, Rong; Baumann, Theo; Lee, Mei W. (1987). Language Atlas of China. Longman. Chart B12. ISBN 978-962-359-085-3. 
  3. ^ Kurpaska, Maria (2010). Chinese Language(s): A Look Through the Prism of "The Great Dictionary of Modern Chinese Dialects". Walter de Gruyter. p. 73. ISBN 978-3-11-021914-2.