Old Xiang, also known as Lou-Shao (娄邵片 / 婁邵片) is a conservative form of Xiang Chinese, or Hunanese. It is spoken in the central areas of Hunan where it has been to some extent isolated from neighboring Chinese languages, Mandarin and Gan, and it retains the voiced plosives of Middle Chinese, which are otherwise only preserved in Wu dialects like Shanghainese. See Shuangfeng dialect for details.
Dialects and Regions
Shuangfeng dialect is representative.
||Xiangtan, Shuangfeng, Shaoshan, Urban Loudi, Anhua*, Hengshan*
||Lianyuan, Lengshuijiang*, Anhua, Ningxiang*
||Urban Shaoyang, Wugang, Shaodong, Shaoyang County, Xinshao, Longhui, Xinning, Chengbu, Dongkou*
|*Small part of this territory is Hunanese-speaking.
- ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Old Xiang". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.