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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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.
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.
However, the negative perfective uses a form more closely comparable to Wu dialect types (first two from 1.17a, p.