John Cowan cowan at
Tue Sep 9 04:37:55 CEST 2008

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> The question of whether to assign "zh" or "zh-Latn" as the Prefix for 
> 'pinyin' has NOTHING to do with generic variants.  Where did that come 
> from?  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 romanization.

I think this proposal is totally wrong-headed, to be sure.

Only do what only you can do.               John Cowan <cowan at>
  --Edsger W. Dijkstra's advice
    to a student in search of a thesis

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