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Jian'ou dialect

建瓯话 Guinei di (Manbe di)
Native to Southern China
Region Guinei, Huguin
Native speakers
(no estimate available)
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Bible in Jian'ou Romanised (Genesis), published by the British and Foreign Bible Society.

Jian'ouGuinei】(simplified Chinese: 建瓯话; traditional Chinese: 建甌話; pinyin: Jiàn'ōu huà; English=Manbe di) is a local standard common language of Northern Min Chinese spoken in Jian'ou in the north of the Fujian province.

Phonetics and Phonology


Consonants of the Guinei di (Manbe di)
  bilabial alveolar velar
nasals m n ŋ
plosives voiceless unaspirated p t k
voiceless aspirated
fricatives   s x
affricates voiceless unaspirated   ts  
voiceless aspirated   tsʰ  
lateral approximant   l  


Citation tones

Jian'ou has four tones, which are reduced to two in checked syllables.
Tone chart of the Guin'ei di (Manbe di)
Tone number Tone name Tone contour
1 ping sheng (平聲) ˥˦ (54) or ˥ (5)
2 shang sheng (上聲) ˨˩ (21) or ˩ (1)
3 yin qu (陰去) ˨ (2)
4 yang qu (陽去) ˦ (4)
5 yin ru (陰入) ˨˦̚ (24)
6 yang ru (陽入) ˦˨̚ (42)

Tone Sandhi

See also


  • Běijīng dàxué zhōngguóyǔyánwénxuéxì yǔyánxué jiàoyánshì. (1989) Hànyǔ fāngyīn zìhuì. Běijīng: Wénzìgǎigé chūbǎnshè.(北京大學中國語言文學系語言學教研室. 1989. 漢語方音字匯. 北京: 文字改革出版社)
  • Norman, Jerry. [1988] (2002). Chinese. Cambridge, England: CUP ISBN 0-521-29653-6
  • Yuán, jiāhuá (1989). Hànyǔ fāngyán gàiyào (An introduction to Chinese dialects). Beijing, China: Wénzì gǎigé chūbǎnshè. (袁家驊. 1989. 漢語方言概要. 北京:文字改革出版社.)

External links

  • Cantonese and other dialects (in Chinese)
  • Classification of Northern Min Dialects from Glossika
  • Jian'ou Romanized Vernacular Bible

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