Pinyin and the Chinese Typewriter

August 26, 2010

While in Paris, I also made contact with the Musée des Arts et Métiers, where I was able to view the various Chinese and Japanese machines in their collection. In my ongoing effort to track the many different systems of character organization at play, I was delighted to discover the impact that pinyin romanization had on Chinese typewriting. The most momentous discovery I made, though, is something I’m going to save for an upcoming paper – it’s just too good to give away here.

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