Sanxiang dialect

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Native toChina
RegionMainly in Sanxiang, southern Guangdong province.
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Zhongshan map2005.jpg
  Sanxiang dialect, at the southern periphery of Zhongshan City

Sanxiang (in Cantonese Samheung, in the language itself Sahiu) is a variety of Eastern Min Chinese mostly spoken in Sanxiang in Zhongshan in the Pearl River Delta of Guangdong, China.[1] Despite its close proximity, Sanxiang is not very closely related to the surrounding dialects in the region, which belong to the Yue group, and thus forms a "dialect island" of Min speakers. It is one of three enclaves of Min in Zhongshan, the others being Longdu and Nanlang.[2][3]


  1. ^ Campbell, James. "Zhongshan Sanxiang Dialect Phonology". Glossika. Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  2. ^ Bodman, Nicholas C. (1982). "The Namlong Dialect, a Northern Min Outlier in Zhongshan Xian and the Influence of Cantonese on its Lexicon and Phonology". Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Studies. 14 (1): 1–19. pp. 1–2.
  3. ^ Bodman, Nicholas C. (1985). "The Reflexes of Initial Nasals in Proto-Southern Min-Hingua". In Acson, Veneeta; Leed, Richard L. (eds.). For Gordon H. Fairbanks. Oceanic Linguistics Special Publications. 20. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 2–20. ISBN 978-0-8248-0992-8. JSTOR 20006706. pp. 5–6.