Qingtian dialect

Native toPeople's Republic of China
RegionQingtian county, Lishui prefecture, Zhejiang province
Language codes
ISO 639-3
qing1241  Qingtian[1]
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Qingtian dialect (simplified Chinese: 青田话; traditional Chinese: 青田話; pinyin: Qīngtián huà) is a dialect of the Chinese language. It is spoken in Qingtian county of Lishui prefecture in Zhejiang, China. Qingtian dialect is of the Chuqu dialects of Wu Chinese spoken in Quzhou and Lishui prefectures of Zhejiang.[2]

It is also often spoken by overseas Chinese who are from Qingtian. However, the next generation often doesn't know how to do so. This is because they are often exposed to two of their native languages: mandarin and their dialect, and the language of the country they are living in. Therefore, they usually communicate with their parents in mandarin as the vast majority of Chinese people understand this official language. Moreover, the dialect is usually used by older generations, as they are usually illiterate. In consequence, even Chinese people who live in China use it mainly to communicate with their grandparents as well as elderly people.


The first time history recorded about QingTian dialect was in 711.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Qingtian". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Charles Bazerman (2009). Charles Bazerman (ed.). Traditions of writing research (illustrated ed.). Taylor & Francis. p. 154. ISBN 0-415-99337-7. Retrieved 4 November 2011. Method Participants Eighty-four children participate in the study: 28 Chinese children, mostly from Zhejiang—a province south to Shanghai, speakers of Qing Tian Hua; 26 Moroccan children mostly from North Morocco, speakers of Darija— ie, Moroccan Arabic;

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