Min-Bei, or Northern Min (simplified Chinese: 闽北; traditional Chinese: 閩北; pinyin: Mǐnběi), is a collection of dialects of Min spoken in Nanping Prefecture of northwestern Fujian, which, apart from Shao-Jiang Min, are mutually intelligible.
The Chinese languages of Fujian province were traditionally divided into Min-Bei (Northern) and Min-Nan (Southern). However, dialectologists now divide Min more finely. By this narrower definition, Northern Min covers the dialects of Shibei (石陂, in Pucheng County), Chong'an (崇安, in Wuyishan City), Xingtian (兴田, in Wuyishan City), Wufu (五夫, in Wuyishan City), Zhenghe (in Zhenghe County), Zhenqian (镇前, in Zhenghe County), Jianyang and Jian'ou.
The dialects of western Nanping are sometimes split off as a separate division of Min, Shao-Jiang.
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