I approve the registration of zh-Hans-CN (PRC China Chinese in simplified script)

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Mon Apr 11 23:30:05 CEST 2005


Name of requester          : Mark Davis
E-mail address of requester: mark.davis at us.ibm.com
Tag to be registered       : zh-Hans-CN
English name of language   : PRC China Chinese in simplified script
Native name of language (transcribed into ASCII): zhong wen (jian ti 
zi, zhong guo)

Reference to published description of the language (book or article):

RFC 3066 currently provides for the language tag zh-CN, to mark any 
distinctions in the Chinese used in China.

However, Chinese is customarily written in multiple scripts, 
Traditional (Hant) and Simplified (Hans). It is often required, when 
matching languages, to select a subset of documents written in a 
particular script. When looking up language resources, this is even 
more important, so that text in different scripts is not mixed. For 
that reason, it is important to be able to distinguish the two 
scripts used in writing zh-CN: zh-Hant-CN vs zh-Hans-CN.


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University Press, 1987. Paper. ISBN: 0-691-01468-X

Wang, W. S-Y. Languages and Dialects of China. Journal of Chinese 
Linguistics Monograph Series No. 3. Berkeley: Journal of Chinese 
Linguistics, 1991

DeFrancis, John. The Chinese Language: Fact And Fantasy. Honolulu: 
University of Hawaii Press, 1984. Paper. ISBN: 0-8248-1068-6

Chao, Yuen Ren. A Grammar of Spoken Chinese. Berkeley: University of 
California Press, 1968. ISBN: 0-520-00219-9.

Kratochvil, Paul. The Chinese Language Today: features of an emerging 
standard. London: Hutchinson, 1968.

Boltz, William G. The Origin and Development of the Chinese Writing 
System. Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 1994. ISBN: 0-940490-78-1

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