Update of en-scouse registration

Jon Hanna jon@spin.ie
Fri, 4 Oct 2002 15:46:00 +0100

Any views on the registration below. I'm asking list-members informally
first since it deprecates a current registration.


Name of requester          : Jon Hanna
E-mail address of requester: jon@spin.ie
Tag to be registered       : en-GB-scouse

English name of language   : English Liverpudlian dialect known as 'Scouse'

Native name of language (transcribed into ASCII): Scouse

References to published description of the language (book or article):

Shaw, Frank, Spiegl, Fritz, and Kelly, Stan. Lern Yerself Scouse
Volume 1: How to Talk Proper in Liverpool. Liverpool, UK: Scouse Press,

Lane, Linacre. Lern Yerself Scouse Volume 2: The ABZ of
Scouse. Liverpool, UK: Scouse Press, 1966-1996.

Minard, Brian. Lern Yerself Scouse Volume 3: Wersia Sensa Yuma?
Liverpool, UK: Scouse Press, 1966-1996.

Unknown. Lern Yerself Scouse Volume 4: The Language of Laura Norder.
Liverpool, UK: Scouse Press, 1966-1996.

Szlamp. Oxford English Dictionary (Online Abstract): The definition of
the word 'Scouser', 'Scouser' Liverpool, UK: http://www.scouser.com/define/,
1996-Present (via Active Update).

Any other relevant information:

This is a modification to the registration of the tag en-scouse made by
Keith Szlamp (keith@szlamp.com) as detailed at
http://www.iana.org/assignments/lang-tags/en-scouse. The purpose of the
modification is to have to code more accurately reflect the fact that Scouse
is a British dialect of English, by identifying it as a sub-dialect of

en-scouse is deprecated by this registration.

The primary advantage of such a modification is in better matching stated
language preferences with returned resource representations.
For example if a webserver is asked for the en-GB-scouse representation of a
document and it has an en-GB and en-US version available it could correctly
infer that the en-GB version most closely matches the request. Such an
inference is not automatically available with the tag en-scouse.