MTLN: a version of MTL where words are broken down into syllables, and each syllable is spelled in neutral basic tone or high short tone. The citation tone (i.e. the original, pre-sandhi tone) is indicated by a number. This format is similar to ASCII-only Peh-oe-ji (POJN).
For example, the MTLN for Taioaan is Tai5-oan5, the POJ is Tâi-oân, and the POJN is Tai5-oan5. In this case, the MTLN and POJN are identical.
- The vowel ø may be replaced with Q or 0 to stay within ASCII.
- When back-converting from MTL to MTLN, there is ambiguity whether "Tai" was 1st or 5th tone before sandhi. The MTL Toolbox converter by default will output a high tone (#1).
MTL Word Constructor
- MTLN to MTL Word Constructor - Helps you write an MTL word when you know the syllables in numbered tone format (MTLN). Useful for migrating from POJ to MTL.