gem-CH LANGUAGE TAG REGISTRATION FORM
Caoimhin O Donnaile
caoimhin at smo.uhi.ac.uk
Mon Sep 27 20:20:04 CEST 2004
> The code "gem-CH" should not be used for Swiss variants of
> "gem"-languages other than Alemannic. In this extremely rare case
> the choice of a more specific code is recommended.
> Example: "x-sil-YIH" for Western Yiddish (if distinguished from
> "yi" for Eastern Yiddish, as described by the Summer Institute of
And according to the Ethnologue, Walser is another Germanic but
non Alemannic language spoken in Switzerland.
Rather than using "gem-CH", which could be interpreted in various
ways, why not use the three-letter codes "gsw" for Schwyzerdütsch
and "wae" for Walser as in the proposed/forthcoming ISO 639-3
(and indeed the current edition of the Ethnologue)?
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