Generic variant subtags in RFC 3066bis

Marion Gunn mgunn at
Tue Apr 19 13:12:07 CEST 2005

Absolutely true (on both counts). 

Scríobh Caoimhin O Donnaile:
> > When the RFC 3066bis registry is up and running, I intend to propose
> > some highly generic variant subtags which may be used with many
> > languages. Some examples that come to mind are -northern, -southern,
> > -eastern, -western, and -central for geographical dialects; -ancient
> > and -middle for earlier versions of languages (-old being too short);
> > and -highreg, -midreg, and -lowreg for sociolinguistic registers.
> Aren't such terms highly specific to each language, subject to the
> conventions of scholarship within that language, and non-orthogonal?
> E.g. "Middle Irish" is 900-1200 roughly, whereas "Middle English"
> is 1100-1500.  "Clasical Irish" is 1200-1650, whereas "Classical Latin"
> is much earlier(!), and the term "Classical English" is not normally
> used at all.
> Caoimhín


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