Language Identifier List up for comments

Doug Ewell dewell at
Tue Dec 14 17:39:22 CET 2004

John Burger <john at mitre dot org> wrote:

>> 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.

One of the "thought experiments" I've been bouncing around concerns the
extension-RFC mechanism in RFC 3066bis, and specifically how one might
construct an RFC to define extension subtags that represent geographical

If there were such a definition, with (let's say) 's' as the assigned
singleton, then one would be able to say "en-US-s-TX" or "en-US-s-NY-NY"
in the examples above.

"en-PR", of course, can already be used directly.

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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