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John Cowan wrote:>
>Johannes de Saximontis scripsit:
>
> > Did you know that the current ISO standards for
> > transliterating Cyrillic make no difference anymore
> > between languages? This makes Ukrainian look exactly
> > like Russian, with for example a horrible creature
> > like "=EE"(I mean: i macron) to represent Ukrainian "i".
> > Aaaargh!
>
>That is the purpose of a *transliteration* standard: mapping
>between scripts independent of specific language or orthography.
>If you have a bunch of cyrillic, you can apply ISO 9 to romanize
>it and be 100% sure that whoever receives the Latin form will be
>able to reconstruct the original exactly, even a dumb computer.
>
>*Transcription* standards map between orthographies, and are
>language-specific.  A Russian-to-German transcription sensibly
>produces "Gorbatchow", but in English we would take that to
>rhyme with cow!

"Gorbatchow"? Not _Gorbatschow_ or something with an s in the middle?
"Gorbatchow" looks very un-German to me, altho' of course I'm not a native
speaker of German.

                                                Andreas

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