Topolect meaning

tŏp'ə-lĕkt'
The language or speech of a particular place, such as a country, region, village, or valley, especially:
  • Any of the Sinitic languages, such as Mandarin or Cantonese.
  • Any of the regional and local varieties of one of the Sinitic languages, such one of the dialects of Mandarin.
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A set of similar dialects that pertain to a larger distinct regional dialect.

Dialects found in both Hangzhou and Shanghai belong to the Wu topolect.

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Origin of topolect

  • topo– (dia)lect (translation of Chinese (Mandarin) fāngyán regional speech) (fāng place) (yán language)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition