Language Identifier List up for comments

John Burger john at
Tue Dec 14 15:48:56 CET 2004

Elizabeth J. Pyatt wrote:

> Do you really need to specify different types of English used in the 
> United States territories (e.g. Puerto Rico, Guam, etc). I'm aware 
> that there are local varieties in some cases, but I'm not sure they 
> are reflected in the WRITTEN forms, just in pronunciation. That is, 
> business English is the same in Puerto Rico as in the continental U.S.

> Theoretically, you could create a pronunciation/syntax engine for 
> en-PR as well as en-TX (Texas), en-NYC (New Yawk City), etc, but I'm 
> not sure how well received it would be as a serious tool.

Machine-generated speech is presumably not the only spoken resource 
that needs language codes.  I can imagine labeling a library of 
recordings of English speakers from lots of places, and thus needing 
all of en-US-PR, en-US-TX and en-US-NY-NewYorkCity.

- John D. Burger

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