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Re: Kelmayisaurus a carcharodontosaurid
I use this spelling because this is how Xu Xing (a native Mandarin
speaker) transcribes it (as, for instance, in the Rauhut & Xu
Tugulusaurus paper). And I'll continue to use it that way unless my
Chinese colleagues want it changed.
I once read a paper from the early 2000s that used, as usual*, the Hànyǔ
Pīnyīn transcription** for personal names, place names, and the
Yixian*** Formation, but not for the Jiufotang**** Formation. The
Jiufotang Fm was spelled "Chiufotang", which is the formerly common
bastardization of the Wade-Giles transcription Chiu-fo-t'ang. IIRC, some
or all of the authors were Chinese. I wonder if they thought the oldest
spelling of a formation name had to be maintained. If so, perhaps the
Lianmuqin Fm was simply misprinted with g when its name was formally
The g can't come from another transcription. In Wade-Giles it would be
Lien-mu-ch'in. (No idea what tones the word has.)
...Oh, wait. If the name was erected in the 1940s, it could be in
Ladinxua Sin Wenz. In that case, "Lianmugin" would make perfect sense --
and would correspond to "Lianmujin" rather than "Lianmuqin" in Pīnyīn.
But that this transcription was used is unlikely because the formation
crops out in northwestern rather than northeastern China.
Could someone point me to how the name is written in Chinese characters
or to what it means? That way I could find out if it's -jin or -qin.
* Because it's been the one & only official way to represent Standard
Mandarin in Latin letters in the PRC since 1958 (enforced 1979), for the
ISO since 1982, at the UN since 1986, and in the ROC since 2009.
** Except the tone marks, as usual.
*** Yìxiàn if I listened correctly. That would be I4-hsien4 in
Wade-Giles, with superscript numbers.
**** Jiǔfótāng? "Nine Buddha halls"? If so, Wade-Giles would be
Chiu3-fo2-t'ang1 with superscript numbers.