It's well known that Modern Standard Mandarin has merged what were historically velar stops and alveolar silibants when followed by front vowels. For instance, 京 is "jing" rather than "ging", and 津 is "jin" rather than "zin".

While there are plenty of southern dialects which preserve this distinction, I was under the impression that 北方话 dialects (regardless of whether they are in the north) had this merger.

However in a YouTube video (from the 老饭骨 channel), I heard what seems to be 激 pronounced by one of them as "gi" (the other uses standard "ji"). Is this distinction still a thing in at least some northern dialects? Or perhaps a merger where the velars won?

  • Some examples from Henan dialect: 津 zin, 箭 zian, 西 si, 想 siang, 线 sian, 千 cian. – ltux Nov 21 '19 at 8:29
  • Do you have a link to the 老饭骨 video? – Michaelyus Nov 21 '19 at 9:30
  • @Michaelyus added video link w/timestamp – Stumpy Joe Pete Nov 21 '19 at 18:15
  • @ltux : How are 京, 激, etc. pronounced in Henan dialect? With velars? If so, you could make this an answer to my question. – Stumpy Joe Pete Nov 21 '19 at 18:23
  • @Stumpy Joe Pete 京 jing, 激 ji, same with mandarin. I can only think of examples similar to 津 zin, as listed in my comment. Not able to find examples similar to 京 ging. – ltux Nov 21 '19 at 22:29









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