Proposed records and registration form for 'pinyin'

Doug Ewell doug at
Tue Oct 7 03:53:49 CEST 2008

The review period of somewhere between 7 and 14 days starts here. 
Thanks to Michael and Mark for reaching an agreement on this subtag.

Due to the heavy use of non-Latin-1 characters in the registration form, 
readers of the digest will see a lot of question marks below.  Try 
reading the Web archive instead.


File-Date: 2008-xx-xx
Type: variant
Subtag: pinyin
Description: Pinyin romanization
Added: 2008-xx-xx

Prefix: zh-Latn
Prefix: bo-Latn


1. Name of requester:

Mark Davis

2. E-mail address of requester:

markdavis at

3. Record Requested:

Type: variant
Subtag: pinyin
Description: Pinyin romanization
Prefix: zh-Latn
Prefix: bo-Latn

4. Intended meaning of the subtag:

To be used to indicate transcriptions in a system of romanization
approved by the Chinese government.  The first such transcription, for
Mandarin Chinese, was adopted by the Chinese government in 1958 and by
the International Organization for Standardization in 1982. The
salient features of Pinyin as applied to Mandarin Chinese are the use
of <b p d t g k j q x zh ch sh> for [p pʰ t tʰ k kʰ tɕ tɕʰ ɕ
ʈʂ ʈʂʰ ʂ] respectively. The subtag zh-Latn-pinyin refers to the
Hanyu Pinyin romanization of Mandarin Chinese. The subtag bo-Latn-
pinyin refers to the Tibetan Pinyin romanization of Tibetan.

5. Reference to published description of the language (book or article):

For Hanyu Pinyin:

Hanyu Pinyin, the most commonly used system for Mandarin Chinese
romanization, has been the national standard of China since 1958, and
an international standard ( ISO 7098:1991, 2nd ed.) since 1982.

Yin Binyong 尹斌庸 and Mary Felley (1990). Chinese Romanization.
Pronunciation and Orthography (Hanyu pinyin he zhengcifa 汉语拼音和
正词法). Beijing: Sinolingua.ISBN 7-80052-148-6 / ISBN
0-8351-1930-0. (Hanyu Pinyin)

ISO-7098:1991. Information and documentation - Romanization of Chinese
= Information et documentation - Romanisation du chinois. 1991-12-15.

See also the Library of Congress page for the relation between Hanyu
Pinyin and Wade-Giles:

See also the Wikipedia articles

For Tibetan Pinyin:

Guójiā cèhuìjú dìmíng yánjiūsuǒ 国家测绘局地名研究
所 (Institute for Place Names of the State Survey Bureau; ed.).
Zhōngguó dìmínglù 中国地名录 / Gazetteer of China. (Beijing,
Zhōngguó dìtú chūbǎnshè 中国地图出版社 1997); ISBN
7-5031-1718-4. Contains official spellings for place names. (Tibetan

See also the Wikipedia article

6. Any other relevant information:

Doug Ewell  *  Thornton, Colorado, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14  ˆ

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