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Re: new Chinese dinosaur names
> Nick is quite correct--the apostrophe is used in pinyin to
> show separate syllables so that xian and xi'an are
> pronounced like "shyen" and "shee-ahn."
Woud you be kind enough to supply a reference for the use of an
apostrophe in pinyin?
Such usage appears in virtually no source that I have come across in
more than 35 years. Is this a recent usage? Or are you conflating two
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