German as used in Liechtenstein

Doug Ewell dewell at
Thu Dec 23 08:27:25 CET 2004

John Cowan <jcowan at reutershealth dot com> wrote:

> Except in very restricted contexts (e.g. dialect geography),
> specifying the location of a language to higher granularity than a
> nation is not useful.  It is nation-states that prescribe official
> orthographies, when they exist at all (many languages have none).

The flip side of this is that language tags *could* be used to tag
spoken language, as well as written.  It's not completely ridiculous to
imagine wanting to use language tags to indicate to a speech

* English with a Brooklyn accent
* English with a Boston accent
* English with a Texas accent
* English with a Southern California "surfer dude" accent
* etc.

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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