Monday, September 29, 2008

Weitou dialect

Generally speaking, Weitou Hua can refer to any language/dialect spoken in the villages of Shenzhen and Hong Kong in , including and s, in contrast to Standard Cantonese spoken by the majority of Hong Kong and Shenzhen residents.

In a specific sense, however, Weitou Hua is a distinct dialect of Cantonese, on which this article focuses. According to some linguistic classification schemes, the Weitou dialect form part of the Dongguan-Bao'an sub-zone of the Cantonese dialect zone . It is spoken by the older generations in Shenzhen, and by those in the New Territories, Hong Kong.

The Weitou dialect can be heard in Hong Kong TV dramas and movies, and is usually used to characterize characters who come from walled villages. For example, in the 1992 movie ''Now You See Love, Now You Don't'' , the chief character, played by Chow Yun-Fat who himself grown up in Lamma Island, consistently speaks the Weitou dialect.


Zhang & Zhuang records the phonological systems of three varieties of the Weitou dialect spoken in Hong Kong. Following is the one of Fan Tin , San Tin .

There are four tone contours, when the "entering tones" are ignored:

1 comment:

Alex said...

Thank you for your post in your blog. I am much interested in Weitou dialect. Where can I learn more about Weitou dialect? Would you please send me some information on Weitou Dialect? Would you please send me a copy of your post?