Shiqi dialect

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Shiqi dialect
Native to Southern China
Native speakers
(no estimate available)
Language codes
ISO 639-3
ISO 639-6 shiq
Shiqi dialect
Traditional Chinese 石岐話
Simplified Chinese 石岐话

Shiqi dialect is a dialect of Yue Chinese.[1] 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.[2]

Shiqi has the smallest number of tones of any Yue dialect, perhaps a Hakka influence (Lee 1993). They are:

even rising going entering
˥ 55 ˥˩ 51 ˩˧ 13 ˨ 22 ⑦a ˥ 5 ˨ 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.


  1. ^ Lin Baisong/林柏松 (1997). Huang Jiajiao/黃家敎, ed. "汉语方言论集". Beijing Language and Culture University Publishing House. ISBN 7-5619-0486-X.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  2. ^ "(方言文化)合奏一曲方言交响乐". Nanfang Daily. 2005-11-17. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-05-22.