Suzhou dialect

The Suzhou dialect (simplified Chinese: 苏州话; traditional Chinese: 蘇州話; pinyin: Sūzhōuhuà; Suzhounese: Sou-tseu ghé-ghô 蘇州閒話), also known as Suzhounese, is the variety of Chinese traditionally spoken in the city of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province, China. Suzhounese is a variety of Wu Chinese, and was traditionally considered the Wu Chinese prestige dialect. Suzhounese has a large vowel inventory and it is relatively conservative in initials by preserving voiced consonants from Middle Chinese.[citation needed]

Suzhounese
蘇州閒話 / 苏州闲话
Sou-tseu ghé-ghô
Pronunciation[soʊ˥tsøʏ˨˩ɦɛ˩˧ɦʊ˧]
Native toChina
RegionSuzhou and southeast Jiangsu province
Native speakers
approx. 5-7 million[citation needed]
Sino-Tibetan
Language codes
ISO 639-3
ISO 639-6suji
wuu-suh
Glottologsuzh1234
Linguasphere79-AAA-dbb >
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Suzhou dialect
Traditional Chinese蘇州話
Simplified Chinese苏州话
Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese蘇州閒話

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