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  • Feb 29, 2012
  • 02:00 AM

Shanghai dialect fights to survive in modern China

Bill Savadove / Windsor Star
SHANGHAI — When professor Qian Nairong published his dictionary of the Shanghai dialect in 2007, he was in some ways documenting a dying language. The number of people speaking the rapid-fire language — a badge of identity for residents of China's commercial capital of more than 20 million people — is shrinking.

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