The "not-language" identifier (was: RE: Mandarin Chinese, Simplified Script)

John.Cowan jcowan at
Thu Jun 16 20:00:07 CEST 2005

Peter Constable scripsit:

> These aren't particularly strong arguments. To go from "not language" to
> "not English" is a huge leap, and it's pretty obvious the JAC would
> never consider the latter. The question of what part of 639 it would fit
> is isn't particularly important. Part 2 already has specials;
> eventually, the alpha-3 space will likely get merged. As for why use a
> language tag and then say "it isn't", those arguments have been made;
> various agencies making real applications using 639 have demonstrated
> needs.

If the 639 RA turns this down fairly quickly, we still have time to register
"i-notlang" before the RFC 3066bis cutover.  This would have the mild advantage
that it's not generative, so we won't get i-notlang-Brai-AQ tags.

So let's try to get them to either accept or reject it.

John Cowan  jcowan at
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