Chinese Language Learning – My idea for an improved ‘pinyin’-like romanization


so i’ve noticed pinyin has some problems:

– tones are marked by diacritis which are hard to access and often omitted (out of laziness probably)

– the apostrophe is used to mark ambiguous word boundaries eg xi’an 西安 vs xian 先. i don’t like it, it’s artificial. this won’t be a problem if you mark the tones after the word, xi’an > xijanj, xian>xianj. i wonder if not marking the neutral tone would create any ambiguity. i just have ‘q’ free for that if need be.

-some spellings are irregular (eg. wei vs -ui) and clumsy (eg. -ü)

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My idea:

– i need to free up some letters to have something to mark tones with so i ‘disassembled’/altered some pinyin letters like c>ts etc

– i have 4 tone markers: j,c,v,z. i got that from the [nuosu](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuosu_language#Tones) language. also [zhuang](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Zhuang#Tones) tone markers. i love them. they’re attached at the end of a word. they could be memorised as: j is visually a tall letter – stands for the high tone, c – the rising tone,is at the beginning of the alphabet, v looks like the pinyin diacritic, z -the falling tone- is at the end of the alphabet.

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here are all the changes:

initials: (‘>’ means what i changed it into)

b

d

g

p

t

k

m

n

r

s

sh>sr (‘r’ marks rhoticity, much like ‘r’ alone is rhotic)

x

z>ds

zh>dr

j>dx (‘x’ marks softness/alveolo-palatality of the sound, much like ‘x’ alone is soft)

c>ts

ch>tr

q>tx

f

h

l

y>i

w > u

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finals:

i

e

a

ei

ai

ou

ao >au (if there’s a reason why pinyin spells it with ‘o’ then it can stay)

in

an

ong >ug (i never liked the digraph ‘ng’ as it used to be pronounced as n+g in english, not the case in chinese. g should be enough)

eng > eg

ang >ag

er>w (because why not? ‘w’ doesn’t have any other role)

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i

ie

ia

iou

iao > iau

in

ian

ing >ig

iong > iug

iang >iag

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u

uo (also in ‘po’>puo for regularity)

ua

ui > uei (for regularity)

uai

uen

uan

ueng >ueg

uang >uag

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ü > y

üe > ye

ün > yn

üen > yen

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sample text:

我给你一本书.

wǒ gěi nǐ yìběn shū.

uov geiv niv izbenv sruj.



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