LANGUAGE SUBTAG REGISTRATION FORM (R3): pinyin
doug at ewellic.org
Tue Sep 9 07:31:13 CEST 2008
John Cowan <cowan at ccil dot org> wrote:
>> Nobody has seriously proposed making 'pinyin' a generic variant like
>> 'fonipa'. At most they have suggested that a small set of languages
>> be added as multiple Prefix fields.
> On the contrary, that is exactly what Michael has proposed: making the
> subtag 'pinyin' mean 'any romanization called pin1yin1 in Chinese,
> except for wei1tuo3ma3 pin1yin1, otherwise known as Wade-Giles
Sorry, I hadn't read his latest post closely enough:
> Accordingly, I believe that the best course of action is *not* to
> specify a prefix.
Previously I thought he was proposing "zh" to allow all Chinese, with an
option to add "bo" and others on a one-off basis.
I agree that this is excessive, though I would not have said that about
"zh". You can't write just any imaginable language in Pinyin -- any
Pinyin -- the way you can write any language in IPA.
Doug Ewell * Thornton, Colorado, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14
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