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Danzhou dialect

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Native toChina
RegionHainan (Danzhou)
Native speakers
700,000 (2010)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

The Danzhou dialect (simplified Chinese: 儋州话; traditional Chinese: 儋州話; pinyin: Dānzhōuhuà), locally known as Xianghua (simplified Chinese: 乡话; traditional Chinese: 鄉話; pinyin: xiānghuà; lit. '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, it is treated as an unclassified southern variety.[5]


The Danzhou people's ancestors came initially from old Gaozhou and Wuzhou prefectures. The Yue language they brought with them was combined with the native popular language, and by the time of the Tang Dynasty, the Danzhou dialect was officially formed.[6]


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.[citation needed]


The Danzhou dialect is spoken in the following areas of Hainan (Hainan 1994:253).[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 与古汉语相通的儋州话. 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.
  6. ^ 与古汉语相通的儋州话. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
  7. ^ Hainan Gazetteer Committee 海南省地方史志办公室编. 1994. Hainan dialect gazetteer 海南省志 第二卷 人口志: 方言志宗教志. Haikou: Hainan Publishing Company 海南出版公司.