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漢藏緬語々言研究ㄟ博客
a sinotibetoburman linguistics blog
2013-03-25

Gaochun Dialect Recordings phonemica

I'm super thrilled to announce that we now have recordings of Gaochun Wu at Phonemica. Gaochun dialect was my very first experience with Wu, and it's basically what got me started down the very specific path I've been travelling for the past 5 years.

Gaochun 高淳 is a dialect in the Xuanzhou 宣州 dialect group. Xuanzhou is most significantly the dialect family of Wu spoken in Anhui 安徽 province, with Gaochun (on the outskirts of Nanjing 南京) being one of the few dialects in the group that are spoken in Jiangsu 江苏. If any Wu dialect could be classified as threatened, Gaochun and related Xuanzhou dialects would be it.

This group of dialects is a pretty good example of Mandarinisation (官话化), with clear changes from one generation to the next. With a much smaller speaker base than Suzhou or even Ningbo, there's less potential resistance to these sorts of changes.

Head over to Phonemica and have a listen. It may be one of the few place on the web you can find such recordings of the dialect.

Many thanks to Claire in helping me get the recordings, and for introducing me to the dialect back in 2007.

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    A semi-academic linguistics blog about Sinotibetan, previously focused primarily on Wú, a Sinitic language spoken in the Yangtze Delta region. Topics now include historical linguistics, documentation, language rights, sociolinguistics and learning materials, as well as acting as the dev blog for Phonemica from time to time.

    I'm a linguist based in Asia, working on documentation and historical development of Sinotibetan. In addition to academic research, I'm heavily involved in Phonemica, an organisation that promotes crowd-sourced preservation of local languages.

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