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date: 25 January 2020

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Wu dialect is taken as one of the major dialect groups of Chinese, spoken in the south of the Yangtze River, part of Jiangsu Province, Shanghai and Zhejiang, as well as in some areas of Jiangxi, Fujian and Anhui. This chapter provides a concise description of Wu dialect, which is one of the important dialects in China. The five sections of this chapter are (1) Introduction, (2) The Historical Background of the Formation of the Wu Dialect, (3) The Synchronic Phonological Traits of the Wu Dialect, (4) The Diachronic Phonological Traits of the Wu Dialect, (5) The Lexical and Syntactic Traits of the Wu Dialect, and (6) The Relationship Between Wu and non-Wu Dialect.

Keywords: Wu dialect, phonological traits, lexical traits, syntactic traits, dialect groups of Chinese

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