Zhou Youguang, the creator of the Chinese pinyin system, passed away in Beijing at the age of 111.
Zhou was an economics professor in Shanghai, when the government asked him to to quit his job and join a national committee to develop a new alphabetic writing system. By 1958, Zhou and his colleagues had created the official Romanization system.
Pinyin, which can be translated as “spelled sounds” has helped increase literacy across China, and has made it easier for foreigners to learn Chinese language. In the process, pinyin has allowed the use of Chinese characters on computer and cellphone keyboards.
Definitely a big loss for Chinese linguists and domain investors of “pinyin domains” worldwide.
We keep track of sales of short domains – between 1 to 4 characters – that occurred in China, for the .CN, .COM and .NET TLDs.
This is a special report to honor the passing of the father of pinyin, so today’s domain list is rather short – spanning January 16th only.
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