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Cantonese reading passages in Yutlo (粵羅)


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Yutlo (粵羅) differs from Jyutping (粵拼) in the following three ways:


1) < j > is eliminated before < yu > and replaced by < y > elsewhere, with < z > being replaced in turn by < j >.


2) Tailo (台羅) tone diacritics replace tone numbers:

< a >(1) < á >(2) < ā >(3) < à >(4) < â >(5) < ă >(6)

< ḿ >(2) < m >(4) < ng >(4) < nĝ >(5) < nğ >(6)


3) Orthographic reductions are implemented wherever complementary distribution allows:

a) < gu/gui/gun/gut > and < ku/kui/kun/kut > become < gwu/gwui/gwun/gwut > and < kwu/kwui/kwun/kwut >, respectively.

b) < yu > becomes < u > following an initial consonant (嘟 as < dut > and < dwut >).

c) < eoi > becomes < ui >.

d) < eon/eot > becomes < on/ot >.


Overall, while Jyutping is clearly designed to be as consistent as possible for those learning Cantonese, Yutlo is more convenient for native speakers as it saves space without sacrificing accuracy. In that way, it's more like Hanyu Pinyin in spirit even if not in form. Like Tailo (台羅) and its predecessors, morphemes within words are connected with hyphens (e.g. 'Hoeng-góng'). As only five tone diacritics are used (six tones, one unmarked) and five letters remain unused, an IME could use these five letter keys (q/r/z/x/v) as tone keys, with the unmarked first tone representing the default tone.


A sample from Chow Bun Ching's Cantonese for Everyone textbook:


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