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Re: Dinosaur Genera List corrections #145



In a message dated 8/3/00 2:02:14 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
bettyc@flyinggoat.com writes:

> I make _Chianjiesaurus_ out to:
>  she-on-jee-eh-sahr-us

Chuanjiesaurus: chwan-jeh-saurus (technically more like "ch-hwan-jyeh")
  
>  I make _Huabeisaurus_ out to:
>  hoo-wa-bee-eh-sahr-us

hwa-bey-saurus (or more accurately something like "khwa-pey" [where "kh" 
represents a fricative like the "ch" in Scots "loch", rather than an 
aspirated k]).

In pinyin spelling, u or i between a consonant and a vowel represents a 
glide, a w or y sound.  If the following vowel is part of a different 
syllable, the two vowels are separated by an apostrophe: "xiang" is a 
monosyllable pronounced something like "shyeng", where as "xi'ang" is two 
syllables: "shi-ahng".  Or each syllable may be written as a separate "word", 
so that "shi-ahng" would be written "xi ang" or "xi-ang".

Chinese scholars, am I anywhere close to right on this one?

Nick P.