John Cowan cowan at
Sun Aug 3 18:48:33 CEST 2008

Kent Karlsson scripsit:

> Doug Ewell wrote:
> > As mentioned earlier, while Pinyin is used primarily and overwhelmingly 
> > for Mandarin Chinese, it does have use for other languages.

I would need to be convinced of this, Doug.

> For instance Cantonese:

That's not the specific system Hanyu Pinyin being referenced here.
Remember that "pinyin" just means "alphabet" in Mandarin, so finding it
in the name of a particular romanization system proves nothing.

> > It's not as though we were talking about using 'boont' with Russian.
> ???

'boont' being a variant subtag for a variety of English.

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