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a sinotibetoburman linguistics blog
2013-12-31

Subway Announcements In Wu preservation

Sina recently reported that line 12 and line 16 of the Shanghai Metro will be making announcements in Shanghainese. This is a pretty big step toward public acknowledgement of the language as a legitimate form of communication.

The original article doesn't say much about it, except the following:

绿色的菜地、散落的农居,16号线从罗山路站开出不久,田园风光就扑面而来。而此时耳边响起了上海话“周浦东站到了”。这是上海地铁第一次采用沪语报站,加上普通话和英语,16号线有3种报站方式。

That is, it's the first time that Shanghainese has been used, along with English and Mandarin, for such announcements on public transport in the city.

Yet to be seen is whether or not this spreads to other lines, or is abandoned completely.

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