Saturday, October 4, 2008

Guanzhong dialect

Guanzhong dialect, or ''Guanzhong hua'' 关中话, is a dialect of Zhongyuan Mandarin spoken in Shaanxi Guanzhong, including the city of Xi'an. Since people from Xi'an are considered the prototypical Guanzhong speakers, Guanzhong dialect is sometimes referred to as ''Shaanxi hua'' 陕西话 or ''Xi'an hua'' 西安话. However, the dialects spoken in northern and southern Shaanxi differ substantially from Guanzhong dialect.

Guanzhong is being assimilated by Standard Mandarin, but still retains much grammar and pronunciation of Classical Chinese.

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