Danzhou dialect

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Danzhou dialect
Native to China
Region Hainan (Danzhou)
Native speakers
700,000 (2010)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog None

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.[2] It was classified as Yue in the Language Atlas of China,[3][4] but in more recent work is treated as an unclassified southern variety.[5]


Regional varieties are Bei'an 北岸音, Shuinan 水南音, Zhoujia 昼家音, Shanshang 山上音, Haitou 海头音, and Wuhu 五湖音.



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 
  2. ^ Ting, Pang-hsin (1980). "The Tan-Chou dialect of Hainan". Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale. 8 (1): 5–27. doi:10.3406/clao.1980.1079. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Wurm, Stephen Adolphe; Li, Rong; Baumann, Theo; Lee, Mei W. (1987). Language Atlas of China. Longman. Chart B12. ISBN 978-962-359-085-3. 
  5. ^ 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.