Wuu Chinese is a group of linguistically similar and historically related Sinitic languages spoken primarily in Shanghai, Zhejiang province, the southern half of Jiangsu province and bordering areas.
Major Wuu varieties include those of Shanghai, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Ningbo, Hangzhou, Shaoxing, Wenzhou, Jinhua and Yongkang.
Suzhou has traditionally been the linguistic center of Wuu and was likely the first place the distinct variety of Sinitic known as Wuu developed. Suzhou dialect is widely considered to be the most linguistically representative of the family. It was mostly the basis of the Wu lingua franca that developed in Shanghai leading to the formation of standard Shanghainese, which as a center of economic power and possessing the largest population of Wu speakers, has attracted the most attention.
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Aliases: 吴语, Wuyu, 上海話, 上海话, Shanghainese, 蘇州話, 苏州话, Suzhounese, 寧波話, 宁波话, Ningbonese
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