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I like Karen's definition of of 'transliteration', although I would
observe its apparent ethnocentrism (linguo-centrism?).  Presumably, when
'Washington, D.C.' or 'San Francisco' are rendered in Chinese
characters, that, too, is transliteration.

cheers,

- mt

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Karen Coyle wrote:
> On Wed, 2004-07-21 at 14:39, Bruce D'Arcus wrote:
>
>>I was chatting with someone interested in coding a title as
>>transliterated.  I don't even know what this means,
>
>
> In my own words, transliteration is taking a non-Latin character set and
> rendering it in Latin characters. We're so used to it that we don't
> think about it, but every time you see a reference to "Beijing" you are
> looking at a transliteration, since the name is actually written in
> Chinese characters. In most library catalogs, transliteration of
> non-Latin data into Latin is the norm, although that may begin to change
> with the advent of Unicode.
>
> kc
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