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Old 18th September 2013, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by blastfromthepast View Post
Pinyin is a specific standard way of romanizing Chinese pronunciation. However, it makes use of diacritic marks to show tones, which are therefore true pinyin requires IDN.

Because many words in Chinese are distinguished by tones only, writing pinyin without tones makes it much more difficult to read, and no texts are written this way. So called pinyin domains, however, are. Reading such domains requires guessing the tones. If they are made up of one character, it is difficult to guess, if they are made up of two, it is easier to read and guess the tones.
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