|Native to||Southern China|
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Shiqi dialect is a dialect of Yue Chinese. It is spoken by roughly 160,000 people in Zhongshan, Guangdong's Shiqi urban district. It differs slightly from Standard Cantonese, mainly in its pronunciation and lexicon.
Shiqi has the smallest number of tones of any Yue dialect, perhaps a Hakka influence (Lee 1993). They are:
even rising going entering ① ˥ 55 ② ˥˩ 51 ③ ˩˧ 13 ⑤ ˨ 22 ⑦a ˥ 5 ⑧ ˨ 2
This appears to be due to mergers: the fact that entering tone has split oddly suggests that it has split twice, as in Cantonese and Taishanese, but that tone ⑦b subsequently merged with ⑧.
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