Wu dialect


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Noun1.Wu dialect - a dialect of Chinese spoken in the Yangtze delta
Chinese - any of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in China; regarded as dialects of a single language (even though they are mutually unintelligible) because they share an ideographic writing system
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A bit later, Dong tells us that "Impressions of the Wu dialect described it as being light in contrast to the heavier pronunciation of the northern dialects.
Lu Xun, a Wu dialect speaker who also knew the Guanhua koine and spoke and wrote Mandarin with a dialect accent, wrote: "A person sharing the cabin with me was from Taiwan; he could speak Xiamen dialect, which I don't understand; he could not understand my blue-green Mandarin" [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1927: 384).
Accordingly, Hangzhou is commonly classified as a Wu dialect because it has a tripartite division of the manner of articulation of initial consonants, including voiced initials corresponding to the QYS zhuo [CHINESE CHARACTER NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] "muddy" initials.
Wu dialect tone sandhi is manifested as a tonal pitch pattern that spreads across a whole word, obliterating any trace of the etymological tones of all but perhaps the first syllable.
However, the negative perfective uses a form more closely comparable to Wu dialect types (first two from 1.