Shiqi dialect
Native toSouthern China
Language codes
ISO 639-3
ISO 639-6shiq
Shiqi dialect
Traditional Chinese石岐話
Simplified Chinese石岐话

Shiqi dialect is a dialect of Yue Chinese.[1] It is spoken by roughly 160,000 people in Zhongshan, Guangdong's Shiqi urban district. It differs slightly from Standard Cantonese, mainly in its pronunciation and lexicon.[2]

Shiqi has the fewest tones of any Yue dialect, perhaps a Hakka influence.[3]

even rising going entering
˥ 55 ˥˩ 51 ˩˧ 13 ˨ 22 ⑦a ˥ 5 ˨ 2

This appears to be due to mergers: the fact that the entering tone has split oddly suggests that it has split twice, as in Cantonese and Taishanese, but that tone ⑦b subsequently merged with ⑧.


  1. ^ Lin Baisong/林柏松 (1997). "石岐方音". In Huang Jiajiao/黃家敎 (ed.). 汉语方言论集. Beijing Language and Culture University Publishing House. ISBN 7-5619-0486-X.
  2. ^ "(方言文化)合奏一曲方言交响乐". Nanfang Daily. November 17, 2005. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved May 22, 2007.
  3. ^ Lee, Gina Maureen (1993). Comparative, diachronic and experimental perspectives on the interaction between tone and the vowel in Standard Cantonese (PDF). Ohio State Dissertations in Linguistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 21, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2015.