LANGUAGE SUBTAG REGISTRATION FORM (R3): pinyin
randy_presuhn at mindspring.com
Mon Sep 8 18:15:54 CEST 2008
>From: Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com>
>Sent: Sep 7, 2008 1:09 PM
>To: ietflang IETF Languages Discussion <ietf-languages at iana.org>
>Subject: Re: LANGUAGE SUBTAG REGISTRATION FORM (R3): pinyin
>fonipa has no prefix, and pinyin phonetic orthography can be applied
>to other languages.
The pinyin orthography is highly optimized for the phonology
of Mandarin Chinese. It would be terribly ill-suited for use
with Vietnamese, English, German, French, and Russian, to name
just a few languages for which the it lacks sufficient tone
notation, vowel distinctions, stress markers, or consonants.
The registration request is for a specific orthography of a specific language,
which happens to reflect that language's phonology rather well.
It is not a general-purpose transcription mechanism, and we shouldn't
try to turn it into one.
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