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Chinese, Wu

A language of China

ISO 639-3wuu

Population  77,200,000 in China (1984). Population total all countries: 77,201,820.
Region  Jiangsu south of Changjiang River, east of Zhenjiang, on Chongming Island, mouth of the Changjiang, and north of the Changjiang in the area around Nantong, Haimen, Qidong, and Qingjiang; Zhejiang Province south to Quzhou, Jinhua, and Wenzhou. Also in United States.
Language map  China
Alternate names   Wu
Dialects  Taihu, Jinhua (Kinhwa), Taizhou, Oujiang, Wuzhou, Chuqu, Xuanzhou, Shanghai. Varieties of Taihu dialect are Piling, Su-Hu-Jia, Tiaoxi, Hangzhou, Lin-Shao, Yongjiang; Chuqu subdialects are Chuzhou, Longqu; Xuanzhou varieties are Tongjing, Taigao, Shiling.
Classification  Sino-Tibetan, Chinese
A member of macrolanguage Chinese [zho] (China).
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 91%. Fully developed. Bible: 1908–1914.
Comments  Classified as Han nationality.

Also spoken in:

United States

Language name   Chinese, Wu
Population  1,820 in United States.