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Re: PinYin - Reformed Latin-script Mandarin writing

From:Daniel A. Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Saturday, May 6, 2000, 19:19
From: "Jonathan Chang" <Zhang2323@...>

> 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
> language. The literal & literary riches of the logographic Chinese
> from the archaic Oracle Bone Script (circa 3000 BCE, approximately) to > contemporary Chinese "concrete/language" poetry. That is nearly 5,000
> years of history. > > Maybe the "West" needs to create its own logographic system. Now > that would be a language reform. ;)
English might as well use a logographic system. I'm really impressed with Blissymbolics, though. (That could be used for other languages, just as Chinese characters are used outside of China.) Danny