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Transcription Systems, Overview
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Westerners have experimented with romanizations of Chinese for hundreds of years for a wide variety of purposes, and for more than a hundred years now, Chinese intellectuals have also participated in the development of romanizations. Romanizations are important tools for studying Chinese as a second language and recording Chinese words and expressions in non-Chinese (con)texts, but they have also gained some significance in internal Chinese written language usages and discourses since the end of…

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Dorothea WIPPERMANN, “Transcription Systems, Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000367>
First published online: 2015

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