From: Christoph Burgmer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jul 13 2009 - 04:52:25 CDT
> Charlie Ruland schrieb:
> > No, Robert, what Christoph was looking for was not an IPA character to
> > mark voicelessness, but a Gwoyeu Romatzyh transcription character to
> > express optional tone neutralization.
> > I personally do not expect there is an ‘encouraged’ Unicode character
> > for this marginal case which is by no means standard Gwoyeu Romatzyh
> > usage.
Who defines standard GR here, if Chao doesn't? Or, as somebody else mentioned
to me: If Chao is so influential shouldn't his forms be viewed as being
> > Seeing that compulsory neutral tone is expressed with a full stop
> > (u+002E) I wonder if Y. R. Chao didn’t have an ideographic full stop
> > (u+3002) in mind when he was looking for a way to express optional
> > tone neutralization. The only trouble is: in all *computer* fonts I
> > know this character always has ‘full width’, so it doesn’t look as
> > intended...
Oh, this might be possible, too.
The 3 pictures all stem from the same book. In 'A Grammar of Spoken Chinese'
by Chao the optional tone is more rendered like a small Latin O, less roundish
and with stronger sides (excuse my non-typographic description). I'll post a
picture once I can get hold of my camera.
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