Cantonese Romanization Scheme - Jyutping 粵拼

Introduction

The Linguistic Society of Hong Kong Cantonese Romanization Scheme, or known as Jyutping, was designed and proposed by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong in 1993. Jyutping is a new Cantonese romanization system which has many advantages. It is multifunctional, systematic, user-friendly, compatible with all possible modern Cantonese sounds, and solely based on alphanumeric characters without any diacritics and strange symbols. Jyutping can also be used as a Chinese computer input method. Its basic principles are simple, easy to learn, and professional.

粵拼方案制定的背景

鑑於香港粵語並沒有一套普及而簡單、合理、易學、易用的拼音轉寫方案,香港語言學學會第四屆理事會考慮了上述建議,決定成立「粵語拼音方案工作組」,任務包括:(一)向本會推薦一套粵語拼音方案;(二)編寫方案說明;(三)就如何推廣本方案作出建議;和(四)在第四屆粵方言研討會中推介本方案。

經過一年的討論,本會制定的拼音方案在一九九三年底定案,定名為「香港語言學學會粵語拼音方案」,簡稱「粵拼」。

香港語言學學會的目的是要制定一套簡單、合理、易學、易用的粵語語音轉寫方案,以統一現在粵語拼音使用上的混亂情況。我們要求字母的形式是國際上通用的拉丁字母,而代表聲調的符號則要求是 ASCII字符,以方便各方面的應用,包括電腦鍵盤輸入等。