Sign languages (was: Re: additions to ISO 639 and the IANA language subtag registry)

Doug Ewell dewell at
Tue Feb 21 05:18:36 CET 2006

Mark Davis <mark dot davis at icu dash project dot org> wrote:

> I agree with Doug's comments. The use of "sgn-xxx" was never a 
> particularly way of tagging, since it implies that there is some level 
> of shared comprehension between "sgn-xxx" and "sgn-yyy". Much better 
> would be "xxx-signed", etc.

You don't mean that.  "sgn-xxx" is for so-called "pure" sign languages. 
"xxx-signed" is for signed implementations of spoken languages.  There's 
a big difference between American Sign Language and Signed Spoken 
American English.

Doug Ewell
Fullerton, California, USA

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