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Open Access The Origin of the Wu Dialect as Seen in Historical Records

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The Origin of the Wu Dialect as Seen in Historical Records

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The areas in which Wu dialects are currently spoken, i.e. Shanghai, Zhejiang Province, Southern Jiangsu Province, Northeastern Jiangxi Province and neighboring areas, were all territories of the Wu and Yue States in the Pre-Qin Period. However, the present Wu dialects are not directly inherited and derived from the native languages spoken in the ancient Wu and Yue areas, as there has been a significant process of language transfer in this area historically. The source of influence mainly comes from Chu language, which led to the development of Eastern Yangtze River dialect first, and later the establishment of Wu dialects in the Tang Dynasty.


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