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Positively my last word on Mandarin tonal spelling

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 12, 2002, 16:41
This scheme is due to Lon Diehl and is promulgated by Mark Bosley.

Tone 1: tang
Tone 2: ttang
Tone 3: taang
Tone 4: tahng

In Tone 2, duplicate the first letter (so "sh" -> "ssh").
In Tone 3, duplicate the vowel which normally bears the tone mark.
In Tone 4, place "h" after the vowels but before any final nasal or retroflex;
  this can create some new ambiguities, like bah'a vs. ba'ha.
Toneless syllables can use a "." in front, as in Gwoyeu Romatyzh.

John Cowan <jcowan@...>
I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen,
han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith.  --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_