Danzhou dialect
Native toChina
RegionHainan (Danzhou)
Native speakers
700,000 (2010)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

The Danzhou dialect (simplified Chinese: 儋州话; traditional Chinese: 儋州話; pinyin: Dānzhōuhuà), locally known as Xianghua (simplified Chinese: 乡话; traditional Chinese: 鄉話; pinyin: xiānghuà; lit. 'village speech'), is a Chinese variety of uncertain affiliation spoken in the area of Danzhou in northwestern Hainan, China.[2] It was classified as Yue in the Language Atlas of China,[3][4] but in more recent work is treated as an unclassified southern variety.[5]


Regional varieties are Bei'an 北岸音, Shuinan 水南音, Zhoujia 昼家音, Shanshang 山上音, Haitou 海头音, and Wuhu 五湖音.[citation needed]


The Danzhou dialect is spoken in the following areas of Hainan (Hainan 1994:253).[6]


  1. ^ 与古汉语相通的儋州话. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
  2. ^ Ting, Pang-hsin (1980). "The Tan-Chou dialect of Hainan". Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale. 8 (1): 5–27. doi:10.3406/clao.1980.1079.
  3. ^ Chen, Bo (1986). "海南语言的分区" [Language distribution on Hainan]. Humanities & Social Sciences Journal of Hainan University. 2: 87–97. ISSN 1004-1710.
  4. ^ Wurm, Stephen Adolphe; Li, Rong; Baumann, Theo; Lee, Mei W. (1987). Language Atlas of China. Longman. Chart B12. ISBN 978-962-359-085-3.
  5. ^ Kurpaska, Maria (2010). Chinese Language(s): A Look Through the Prism of "The Great Dictionary of Modern Chinese Dialects". Walter de Gruyter. p. 73. ISBN 978-3-11-021914-2.
  6. ^ Hainan Gazetteer Committee 海南省地方史志办公室编. 1994. Hainan dialect gazetteer 海南省志 第二卷 人口志: 方言志宗教志. Haikou: Hainan Publishing Company 海南出版公司.