Mark Davis mark.davis at
Fri Feb 4 00:12:54 CET 2005


  Name of requester          : Mark Davis
  E-mail address of requester: mark.davis at
  Tag to be registered       :
  English name of language   :
  Native name of language (transcribed into ASCII):

zh-Hans-SG; simplified Chinese (Singapore); zhong wen (jian ti zi, xin jia

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

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

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-SG: zh-Hant-SG vs


Ramsey, S. Robert. The Languages of China. Princeton: Princeton
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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