Pronunciation of Beijing
translation at BILLIONBRIDGES.COM
Wed Sep 25 06:24:21 UTC 2002
> Prior to that, of course, the older Wade-Giles transliteration
> <Peking> had been misinterpreted according to English spelling
> rules as /piykIng/ (here /ng/ indicates the velar nasal only).
Wade-Giles romanization is "Peiching." "Peking" is an old
postal spelling predating Wades-Giles which, along with
"Canton" and "Nanking" and others, are roman transliterations
based on Southern Chinese pronunciations. I'm no authority,
but it seems that they survived the "Wade-Giles era" through
force of use.
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