Quzhou dialect

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Quzhou dialect
衢州話
Pronunciation [dʒy tɕiɯ ʔuɑ]
Native to People's Republic of China
Region Quzhou prefecture, Zhejiang province
Native speakers
approx. 2 million  (date missing)citation needed
Sino-Tibetan
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog chuz12381
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Quzhou dialect (衢州話; pronounced [dʒytɕiɯʔuɑ]missing tone in Quzhou dialect) is a dialect of Wu Chinese spoken in Quzhou.

Phonology

Initials

  Labial Dental Palatal Postalveolar Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ  
Plosive voiceless p t k ʔ
aspirated  
slack voice ɡ̊  
Affricate voiceless ts
aspirated tsʰ tɕʰ tʃʰ  
slack voice d̥z̥ d̥ʑ̊ d̥ʒ̊  
Fricative voiceless f s ɕ ʃ x
slack voice ʑ̊ ʒ ɣ
Approximant l (j) 移 (w) 吳 ɦ

Rimes

There are at least the following rimes: 姆 [m], 魚 [ŋ], 爾 [ɫ], 試 [ʐ]

[ɥ], 去 [i], 布 [u], 雨 [y]

[ɑ], 謝 [iɑ], 瓜 [uɑ]

[e̞], 快 [ue̞]

[ɘɪ], 會 [uɘɪ]

[ɔ], 表 [iɔ]

[ɤ], 九 [iɯ]

[ə], 官 [uə], 捐 [yə]

[ie]

[æ], 慣 [uæ]

[ən], 金 [iɲ], 昏 [uən], 運 [yɲ]

[ã], 兩 [iã], 昌 [uã]

[ɒ̃], 旺 [iɒ̃], 光 [uɒ̃]

[oŋ], 窘 [ioŋ]

[əʔ], 业 [iɘʔ], 國 [uəʔ], 肉 [yəʔ]

[ənʔ], 衢 [ɥ]

[ɐ̞ʔ] -aq, 弱 [iɐ̞ʔ], 划 [uɐ̞ʔ]

Tones

Quzhou dialect is considered to have seven tones. However, since the tone split dating from Middle Chinese still depends on the voicing of the initial consonant, these constitute just three phonemic tones: ping, shang, and qu. (Ru syllables are phonemically toneless.)

Yin Ping 陰平 [˦] 江天飛空

Yang Ping 陽平 [˩˩˨] 來同魚頭

(Yin) Shang 陰上 [˧˦] 懂紙古口

Yang Qu 陽去 [˧˩] 外地路道

Yin Qu 陰去 [˥˨] 對去馬你

Yang Ru 陽入 [˩˨̚] 六肉白石

Yin Ru 陰入 [˥̚] 各黑出脫

Grammar

Sentence Structure

Quzhou dialect
  • 你 我 個 朋友 啘。

[ni ŋu kəʔ põjɤ ue]

Literal meaning:(2nd person singular) (1st person singular) (genitive) (friend) (particle)

Meaning: You are my friend. Compare with Japanese: "あなたは私の友達だよ.", or "anata wa watashi no tomodachi dayo"。In this case, "啘", resembles Japanese "だよ".

  • 渠(其) 你 老師 啘,要 尊重 人家。

[ɡi ɳi lɔsʐ ue, iɔ tseɳd͡ʒõ niŋkɒ

Literal meaning:(3rd person singular) (2nd person singular) (teacher) (particle), (have) (respect) (other)

Meaning: He is your teacher, and you have to respect him.

  • 鉛筆 借 支 我 好伐?

[kæpiəʔ t͡ʃiɒ t͡sʐ ŋu xɔfɐ̞ʔ]

Literal meaning: (pencil) (borrow) (measure word for pencil) (1st person singular) (interrogative)

Meaning: Can I borrow a pencil?

  • 飯 再 喫 碗 添,多 吃 些兒 啊。

[væ t͡se t͡ɕʰiəʔ uə tʰie, tu t͡ɕʰiəʔ ʃin o]

Literal meaning: (rice/meal) (again) (eat) (bowl) (particle?), (more) (eat) (more+) (particle)

Meaning: If you want to eat more, then eat more if you'd like.

  • 感冒藥 喫嘞 朆 你,覅 記弗着 掉 唻!

[kəmɔjɐ̞ʔ t͡ɕʰiəʔləʔ vən ɳi, fiɔ t͡ɕʰifəʔt͡ʃɐ̞ʔ tɔ le]

Literal meaning: (cold medicine) (taking/eating) (interrogative) (2nd person singular), (negative) (verb-remember/negative) (particle) (imperative)

Meaning: Have you taken your cold medicine yet? Don't forget to take it!

Lexicon

Pronouns

  • [ɳi˥˨] 2nd person singular
  • [ŋu˥˨] 1st person singular
  • 渠[ ɡi˩˩˨] 3rd person singular
  • 你達 [ɳi˥˨.dɐ̞ʔ˩˨, 你拉 [ɳi˥˨.lɐ̞ʔ˩˨], 爾耷- [n][tAʔ]/[dAʔ], [lAʔ] 2nd person plural
  • 我達 [ŋu˥˨.dɐ̞ʔ˩˨], 我拉 [ŋu˥˨.lɐ̞ʔ˩˨ (我耷) 1st person plural
  • 渠達 [ɡi˩˩˨.dɐ̞ʔ˩˨], 渠拉 [ɡi˩˩˨lɐ̞ʔ˩˨] (渠耷) 3rd person plural

References

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Quzhou dialect". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 









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