Phonemic Pīnyīn (Īnsù Pīn·īn)
Phonemic Pīnyīn is an alternative way of writing Mandarin
Chinese devised by Michael Peter Füstumum, who is learning Chinese,
and who thought this would make it easier to read and write phonemically.
It is based on Hanyu Pinyin, the standard Romanization for Mandarin used
- [ɨ] is not written, due to it is used as empty vowel.
- [e] and [o] are allophones of /ɤ/, that is why both are written e.
- Ŋ is never used as an initial, so the capital letter would be only used for its interjection and in wholly-capitalized words.
- O is only used for the diphthong [ou̯].
- [tɕʰ] is an allophone of /ʈʂʰ/, /tsʰ/ and /kʰ/, [tɕ] of /ʈʂ/, /ts/ and /k/, and [ɕ] of /ʂ/, /s/ and /x/, that is why they have no own letters. They are written just by j, q and x respectively for spelling simplification.
- [j], [w] and [ɥ] are allophones of /i/, /u/ and /y/ respectively, that is why they have no own letters.
- V (jué fue) and w (fǔīn u) would be used only in foreign names.
- An interpunct (·) is used between syllables in case of confusion.
- The tones are written the same as in Hànyǔ Pīnyīn.
Download an alphabet chart for Phonemic Pīnyīn (Excel)
Rénrén shēŋ ér z̀ió, zài zūn·ián hé qyánlì xàŋ īlù píŋděŋ. Tāmen fùiǒ lǐxìŋ hé liáŋxīn, bìŋ īŋ ǐ xiūŋdì guānxì de jīŋxén hùxiāŋ duèidài.
Hànyǔ Pīnyīn version
Rénrén shēng ér zìyóu, zài zūnyán hé quánlì shàng yīlù píngděng. Tāmen fùyǒu lǐxìng hé liángxīn, bìng yīng yǐ xiōngdì guānxì de jīngshén hùxiāng duìdài.
Simplified Chinese version
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards
one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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