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Andreas Johansson scripsit:

> PS Is there any good reason that pinyin 'y' and 'w' become 'i' and 'u' when
> preceeded by a cosyllabic consonant?

You might well ask if there's any reason to use y and w at all, since
i and u do the trick fine:  we could write i for yi and in for yin,
which would also represent the pronunciations much better.

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