Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Proposal for Revision of Bulgarian and Russian Romanization Tables

LC is looking for comments on Proposal for Revision of Bulgarian and Russian Romanization Tables.

In the course of converting the ALA-LC Romanization Tables to DOC format a number of apparently obsolete romanization practices were noted. In most cases minor adjustments to the affected tables will significantly improve the reversibility of the table, as well as improving consistent searchability.

The Policy and Standards Division is proposing revisions to the Bulgarian http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/roman_bulgarian_proposed.pdf [PDF, 93 KB] and Russian http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/roman_russian_proposed.pdf [PDF, 94 KB] romanization tables. The proposed revisions are summarized below.

Comments on these proposed revisions may be sent ... by June 13, 2012.

Bulgarian revision
  1. The hard sign is no longer disregarded in romanization when found at the end of a word, where it can appear in the old orthography. Reversibility is promoted and access is not affected.
  2. The soft sign is no longer disregarded in romanization. Reversibility is promoted and access is not affected.
  3. The note on obsolete letters is clarified.
Russian revision
  1. The hard sign is no longer disregarded in romanization when found at the end of a word, where it can appear in the old orthography. Reversibility is promoted and access is not affected.
  2. The instruction “Do not confuse with similar part of the letter Ы, ы (romanized Y, y)” is eliminated.
  3. The instructions on obsolete letters are simplified. The letter Ѧ is eliminated in favor of a general reference to the Church Slavic table.

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