The Quanzhou dialect (simplified Chinese: 泉州话; traditional Chinese: 泉州話; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Choân-chiu-ōe), also known as the Chin-chew dialect, is a dialect of Hokkien that is spoken in southern Fujian (in southeast China), in the area centered on the city of Quanzhou. Due to migration, variations of the Quanzhou dialect are spoken outside of Quanzhou, notably in Taiwan and many Southeast Asian countries, including Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.
|泉州话 / 泉州話 (Choân-chiu-ōe)|
|Pronunciation||[tsuan˨ tsiu˧ ue˦˩]|
|Native to||China, Taiwan, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines.|
|Region||city of Quanzhou, Southern Fujian province|
|over 7 million|
The Quanzhou dialect is a variety of Hokkien, a group of Southern Min dialects. In Fujian, the Quanzhou dialect forms the northern subgroup (北片) of Southern Min. It is one of the oldest dialects of Southern Min, and along the Zhangzhou dialect, it forms the basis for all modern varieties. When compared with other varieties of Hokkien, it has an intelligibility of 87.5% with the Amoy dialect and 79.7% with the Zhangzhou dialect.
Before the 19th century, the Quanzhou dialect was the representative dialect of Southern Min in Fujian because of Quanzhou's historical and economic prominence, but as Xiamen developed into the political, economic and cultural center of southern Fujian, the Amoy dialect gradually took the place of the Quanzhou dialect as the representative dialect. However, the Quanzhou dialect is still considered to be the standard dialect for Liyuan opera and nanyin music.
边 / 邊
语 / 語
气 / 氣
争 / 爭
时 / 時
The inventory of initial consonants in the Quanzhou dialect is identical to the Amoy dialect and almost identical to the Zhangzhou dialect. The Quanzhou dialect is missing the phoneme /dz/ found in the Zhangzhou dialect due to a merger of /dz/ into /l/. The distinction between /dz/ (日) and /l/ (柳) was still made in the early 19th century, as seen in Huìyīn Miàowù (彙音妙悟) by Huang Qian (黃謙), but Huìyīn Miàowù already has nine characters categorized into both initials. Rev. Carstairs Douglas has already observed the merger in the late 19th century. In some areas of Yongchun, Anxi and Nan'an, there are still some people, especially those in the older generation, who distinguish /dz/ from /l/, showing that the merger is a recent innovation.
The actual pronunciation of the vowel /ə/ has a wider opening,[dubious ] approaching [ɤ]. For some speakers, especially younger ones, the vowel /ə/ is often realized as [e], e.g. pronouncing 飞 / 飛 (/pə/, "to fly") as [pe], and the vowel /ɯ/ is either realized as [i], e.g. pronouncing 猪 / 豬 (/tɯ/, "pig") as [ti], or as [u], e.g. pronouncing 女 (/lɯ/, "woman") as [lu].
|yin level (阴平; 陰平)||˧ (33)||mid level|
|yang level (阳平; 陽平)||˨˦ (24)||rising|
|yin rising (阴上; 陰上)||˥˥˦ (554)||high level|
|yang rising (阳上; 陽上)||˨ (22)||low level|
|departing (去声; 去聲)||˦˩ (41)||falling|
|yin entering (阴入; 陰入)||˥ (5)||high|
|yang entering (阳入; 陽入)||˨˦ (24)||rising|
In addition to these tones, there is also a neutral tone.
- The yin level (33) and yang rising (22) tones do not undergo tone sandhi.
- The yang level and entering tones (24) are pronounced as the yang rising tone (22).
- The yin rising tone (554) is pronounced as the yang level tone (24).
- The departing tone (41) depends on the voicing of the initial consonant in Middle Chinese:
- If the Middle Chinese initial consonant is voiceless, it is pronounced as the yin rising tone (554).
- If the Middle Chinese initial consonant is voiced, it is pronounced as the yang rising tone (22).
- The yin entering (5) depends on the final consonant:
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- Douglas 1873, p. xvii.
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- Quanzhou City Local Chronicles Editorial Board 2000, overview.
- Lin 2008, p. 9.
- Huang 1998, p. 98.
- Quanzhou City Local Chronicles Editorial Board 2000, ch. 1, sec. 1.
- Zhou 2006, introduction, p. 15.
- Du 2013, p. 142.
- Douglas 1873, p. 610.
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- Quanzhou City Local Chronicles Editorial Board 2000, ch. 1, sec. 2.
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- 當代泉州音字彙, a dictionary of Quanzhou speech