Zhou Youguang Google doodle honors Chinese linguist known as the ‘Father of Pinyin’

Zhou Youguang Google doodle honors Chinese linguist known as the ‘Father of Pinyin’

Today’s Google doodle pays homage to the Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang on what would have been his 112th birthday.

Youguang helped create the Chinese phonetic alphabet called Pinyin. He spent three years developing the system of ‘spelled sounds’ that led to the international standard for Romanized Chinese — earning Youguang the title, “Father of Pinyin.”

“The new system transformed China’s literacy rate, providing more natural passage into the written language, which requires mastering thousands of characters,” writes Google on the Google Doodle blog, “It bridged multiple Chinese dialects with its shared…

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