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gpinyin(1)                 General Commands Manual                gpinyin(1)

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       gpinyin - use Hanyu Pinyin Chinese in roff

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       gpinyin [input-file ...]

       gpinyin -h
       gpinyin --help

       gpinyin -v
       gpinyin --version

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       gpinyin is a preprocessor for groff(1) that facilitates use of the
       Hanyu Pinyin groff(7) files.  Pinyin is a method for writing the
       Chinese language with the Latin alphabet.  The Chinese language
       consists of more than four hundred syllables, each with one of five
       different tones.  In Pinyin, a syllable is written in the Latin
       alphabet and a numeric tone indicator can be appended to each

       Each input-file is a file name or the hyphen-minus character “-” to
       indicate that standard input should be read.  As usual, the argument
       “--” can be used in order to force interpretation of all remaining
       arguments as file names, even if an input-file argument begins with
       the hyphen-minus character.

   Pinyin sections
       Pinyin sections in groff files are enclosed by two .pinyin requests
       with different arguments.  The starting request is
              .pinyin start
              .pinyin begin
       and the ending request is
              .pinyin stop
              .pinyin end

       The spoken Chinese language is based on about 411 syllables; see 

       In Pinyin, each syllable consists of one to six letters from the
       Latin alphabet; these letters comprise the fifty-two upper- and low‐
       ercase letters from the ASCII character set, plus the letter “U” with
       dieresis (umlaut) in both cases—in other words, the members of the
       set “[a–zA–ZüÜ]”.

       In groff input, all ASCII letters are written as themselves.  The “u
       with dieresis” can be written as “\[:u]” in lowercase or “\[:U]” in
       uppercase.  Within .pinyin sections, gpinyin supports the form “ue”
       for lowercase and the forms “Ue” and “UE” for uppercase.

       Each syllable has exactly one of five tones.  The fifth tone is not
       explicitly written at all, but each of the first through fourth tones
       is indicated with a diacritic above a specific vowel within the syl‐

       In a gpinyin source file, these tones are written by adding a numeral
       in the range 0 to 5 after the syllable.  The tone numbers 1 to 4 are
       transformed into accents above vowels in the output.  The tone num‐
       bers 0 and 5 are synonymous.

       The following table summarizes the tones.  Some output devices will
       not be able to render every output example.

       Tone     Description      Diacritic   Example Input   Example Output
       first    flat             ¯           ma1             mā
       second   rising           ´           ma2             má
       third    falling-rising   ˇ           ma3             mǎ
       fourth   falling          `           ma4             mà
       fifth    neutral          (none)      ma0             ma

       The neutral tone number can be omitted from a word-final syllable,
       but not otherwise.

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       --help Print usage information and exit.

              Print version information and exit.

Authors         top

       gpinyin was written by Bernd Warken ⟨<>⟩.

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       Useful documents on the World Wide Web related to Pinyin include
           “Pinyin” (Wikipedia) ⟨⟩,
           “Pinyin table” (Wikipedia) 
           Pinyin to Unicode⟩,
           On-line Chinese Tools⟩,
  a guide to the writing of Mandarin Chinese in
           “Where do the tone marks go?” ( 
           pinyin.txt from the CJK macro package for TeX 
           pinyin.sty from the CJK macro package for TeX 

       groff(1) and grog(1) explain how to view roff documents.

       groff(7) and groff_char(7) are comprehensive references covering the
       language elements of GNU roff and the available glyph repertoire,

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groff            16 May 2020                      gpinyin(1)