Sign languages

John Cowan cowan at
Sun Feb 26 17:01:06 CET 2006

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> Then I must respectfully disagree.  We are bound by history to honor 
> "sgn-US" for American Sign Language (and likewise for 21 others).  We 
> are not bound to perpetuate this model for all other sign languages 
> identified by a country name.

I agree that we are not bound; I think it will just be less confusing
to the users if we bind ourselves.

I also agree with Michael that we don't need to decide this urgently.
Sign languages can wait until 3066ter, and signed spoken languages even
longer if necessary.

It was dreary and wearisome.  Cold clammy winter still held way in this
forsaken country.  The only green was the scum of livid weed on the dark
greasy surfaces of the sullen waters.  Dead grasses and rotting reeds loomed
up in the mists like ragged shadows of long-forgotten summers.
        --"The Passage of the Marshes"

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