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PinYin - Reformed Latin-script Mandarin writing

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Saturday, May 6, 2000, 17:44
In a message dated 2000/05/06 03:55:27 PM, Acadon wrote:

>> And we got ENOUGH languages written in Latin script >> already. > >Your goal seems to be diversity per se. Yet that >means that technology will run against it.
Just last night, my father & I were talking about language & Chinese. We discussed the Chinese (mainland) moving toward the Romanized _PinYin_ system. Both my father & I see PinYin as a step backwards (& to the "Western" side). But I see it's uses: - spreading the standard Mandarin dialect in China (for good or bad is highly debatable [personally, I identify with Cantonese ... tho' I do not speak it]) - making standard Mandarin _somewhat_ more "accessible" to foreigners, MSL (Mandarin as a Second Language) learners, and, eventually, AI-augmented computer technology - making it easier for mass media in the West to report on China PinYin is not the best solution for a Romanized Mandarin, but it's a Chinese solution in a fruitful road (hopefully) toward an "auxilary Mandarin". PinYin could never really replace the ancient logographic (written) language. The literal & literary riches of the logographic Chinese stretches from the archaic Oracle Bone Script (circa 3000 BCE, approximately) to contemporary Chinese "concrete/language" poetry. That is nearly 5,000 some years of history. Maybe the "West" needs to create its own logographic system. Now that would be a language reform. ;) zHANg