pinyin (and wadegile) request has gotten derailed

Peter Constable petercon at
Wed Sep 17 04:47:32 CEST 2008

From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Randy Presuhn

> Almost 20% of the possible syllables would be written differently, yet
> we'd end giving the same tag to materials in both Tongyong and
> Hanyu Pinyin orthographies?

IIRC, in dialect surveys conducted by SIL to support research on the Ethnologue, a 20% lexical dissimilarity is generally treated as likely indicating significant barriers to functional intelligibility. Lexical similarity is, I think, a good analogy for orthographic similarity, and so I suspect Randy has a very valid point.


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