From: Marco Cimarosti (email@example.com)
Date: Mon May 19 2003 - 14:43:23 EDT
Andrew C. West wrote:
> I don't quite follow your argument, but in my wife's dialect
> of Chinese (a variety of South-West Mandarin) Beijing is
> pronounced [pekin] ...
That was exactly my point: the old English and French graphies coveyed a
genuinely Mandarin pronunciation (albet a dialectal one, today), while
pinyin, if misread by uninformed people, sounds simply wrong.
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