LANGUAGE SUBTAG REGISTRATION FORM (R4): pinyin
everson at evertype.com
Tue Sep 23 15:32:44 CEST 2008
On 23 Sep 2008, at 12:00, David Starner wrote:
>> I don't believe that the orthography of the Oxford English
>> Dictionary has *ever* changed, since you ask.
> Even accepting that the OED has never adopted a new spelling for a
> headword, why the certainty that it won't?
It seems unlikely after 129 years. And I may remind you that en-GB-oed
was registered in 2003.
> [IPA] specifies a writing system, a set of characters in use that
> has had some major changes through the years.
I'm sorry, but I don't believe that this is correct. The IPA specifies
a set of characters and the meanings assigned to them. A set of
characters is not an orthography. The Belarusian orthographies we are
speaking about use the same set of characters; they differ in how
those characters. There is no analogy with IPA here. There is an
analogy with the French orthographies, which were likewise based on
authorities rather than other features (compare monoton and polyton).
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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