Jian'ou dialect

Gṳ̿ing-é-dī / 建甌事
Pronunciation [kuiŋ˧˧ ɪ˥˦ ti˦˦]
Native to Southern China
Region Jian'ou, Fujian province
Chinese character, Kienning Colloquial Romanized
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog None
Bible in Jian'ou Romanised (Genesis), published by the British and Foreign Bible Society.

Jian'ou dialect (Northern Min: Gṳ̿ing-é-dī / 建甌事; Chinese: simplified Chinese: 建瓯话; traditional Chinese: 建甌話; pinyin: Jiàn'ōu huà), also known as Kienow dialect, is a local dialect of Northern Min Chinese spoken in Jian'ou in the north of the Fujian province. It is regarded as the standard common language in Jian'ou.

Phonetics and Phonology


Consonants of Jian'ou dialect
  bilabial alveolar velar
nasal m n ŋ
Plosive voiceless unaspirated p t k
voiceless aspirated
Affricate voiceless unaspirated   ts  
voiceless aspirated   tsʰ  
Fricative   s x
Approximant   l  


Citation tones

Jian'ou has four tones, which are reduced to two in checked syllables.

Tone chart of the Jian'ou dialect
Tone number Tone name Tone contour
1 ping sheng (平聲) ˥˦ (54) or ˥ (5)
2 shang sheng (上聲) ˨˩ (21) or ˩ (1)
3 yin qu (陰去) ˨ (2)
4 yang qu (陽去) ˦ (4)
5 yin ru (陰入) ˨˦̚ (24)
6 yang ru (陽入) ˦˨̚ (42)


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