Wu dialect


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a dialect of Chinese spoken in the Yangtze delta

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Having established the need for a new set of criteria to determine if a dialect is in fact Wu, in chapter 2 Simmons reviews previous proposals for the classification of Wu dialects and introduces his own approach based on comparison with a common dialect phonology.
The resulting correspondences, particularly where phonological distinctions are involved, establish Jintan and Danyang conclusively as Wu dialects.
28, 172), despite the fact that it has some characteristics that are commonly associated with Wu dialects.
As noted above, in a large number of Wu dialects, where only words are elicited, speakers are often not aware of the underlying tone of any syllable other than the first, owing to the nature of Wu dialect tone sandhi.
The Wu dialects are considered to be characterized by a series of voiced initials that contrast with voiceless and voiceless-aspirated initials.
This review of the vocabulary and usage of the Towa sanyo reveals a mix of language types or levels in the text: primarily colloquial Mandarin forms are blended with the occasional Wu dialect representative, thinly layered with the literary vernacular of Ming-period texts (itself formed on a Mandarin base), and sprinkled with a smattering of Classical Chinese.