LANGUAGE SUBTAG REGISTRATION FORM (R3): pinyin
everson at evertype.com
Tue Sep 9 09:50:56 CEST 2008
On 9 Sep 2008, at 06:31, Doug Ewell wrote:
> 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-
That's not so. It is the orthographic conventions that make an
orthography Pinyin-based, not whether the word pin1yin1 is used in
>> 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.
No, but you can write a number of languages of China in Pinyin-based
romanizations. You can't write just any imaginable language in UPA
either. (Well, you could, but you don't.. just a number of Uralic
(And you could transcribe other languages like Engish or Turkish in
Pinyin; it just wouldn't work very well. I wonder if there are pinyin-
based Berlitz-style transcriptions for Chinese tourists.)
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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