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Shānxī has 45 million speakers of Jin. Linguists argue whether it should be classified as a distinct language rather than a Mandarin dialect (since it has eight subgroups inside the province); if so, it is the 22nd-most spoken world language. Jin uses a final glottal stop, unlike standard Mandarin; other unique features are complex grammar-induced tone shifts and breaking monosyllabic words into two.

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