Web Form: Subj: Jawi letters

Debbie Garside debbie at ictmarketing.co.uk
Thu Jul 22 13:57:13 CEST 2004

Jeremy Carroll wrote:
> Subtagging assists in preserving some of the richness of partial

In terms of data processing, I have to agree... Which is why the
Linguasphere system incorporates the preceding langtag to facilitate this
aspect of use.


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[mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no] On Behalf Of Jeremy Carroll
Sent: 22 July 2004 12:44
To: Speechways at aol.com
Cc: ietf-languages at iana.org; dewell at adelphia.net
Subject: Re: Web Form: Subj: Jawi letters

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Speechways at aol.com wrote:
> 2004.  Each spoken, written and signed form of language in the world 
> deserves an umabiguous code, clearly defined in relation to all 
> adjacent langtags, and avoiding the problems of sub-tagging.
> Greetings from the Observatoire Linguistique in Wales (Linguasphere
> Observatory)

Good grief! (Rising to the flame bait?)

The problems arise from languages not fitting into nice discrete boxes
however much our political prejudices would like them to. Language tagging
and subtagging imposes a fairly arbitrary order onto the network of
communicative possibilities between people. The tagging and subtagging
process simplifies the complex topology generated by the idiolects of the
population of the planet (alive or published).

A political agenda of separateness and identity, while an ever-present theme
in language classification, is not helpful. Subtagging assists in preserving
some of the richness of partial intelligibility.


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