Re: Burma/Myanmar

From: John Cowan (
Date: Thu Oct 07 1999 - 12:03:21 EDT

Akerbeltz Alba scripsit:

> On a personal note I always found it hilarious that the capital,
> deep in Mandarin speaking territory, should have a phonetic
> representation of I'm-not-sure-what but definitely NOT Mandarin
> with the final -k and/or inital k- in PEKING; could be Cantonese
> Pak Ging ; )

No, it's just 15th century Mandarin, before the palatalizing change
g > j. "Beiging" would be a reasonable pinyin representation of
this pronunciation. IIRC Chinese opera pronunciation also doesn't

John Cowan                         
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