Sign languages (was: Re: additions to ISO 639 and the IANA
language subtag registry)
everson at evertype.com
Sun Feb 26 17:22:27 CET 2006
At 17:59 -0800 2006-02-20, Mark Davis 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".
Well, it doesn't *have* to. Just because this sort of hierarchy
applies to spoken languages does not mean that we cannot (for good
reason) treat Sign Languages differently.
And one way they are different is that a Sign Language's signs may be
used to represent a spoken language's grammar in a particular way.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
More information about the Ietf-languages