Scottish English

Harald Tveit Alvestrand harald at
Thu Oct 20 09:42:03 CEST 2005

--On onsdag, oktober 19, 2005 23:10:46 -0400 "John.Cowan" 
<jcowan at> wrote:

> Karen_Broome at scripsit:
>> I have a film here that has an original language of heavily accented
>> Scottish English. The actors from the original version dubbed a second
>> version of the film with less of a Scottish accent (en-GB). If I want to
>> distinguish the two versions by language and codify the difference
>> between  Scottish English and English English, how can I do this in an
>> RFC-3066-compatible way?
> If, as I suspect, the original film is in Scots, then sco is an
> appropriate tag.  Standard English with a Scottish accent would be
> registerable as en-gb-scottish, or you could just tag it en in this case.

standard gripe....

from the material available from ISO 639, there's no way of telling for 
sure whether "sco" ("Scots") refers to a language related to English or a 
language related to Gaelic.
In this case, there's a broad hint given by the existence of the tag "gla" 
(Scottish Gaelic) that indicates it's probably English-related, and which I 
saw because it's next to the other in the list of codes by English name I 
was consulting, but I am looking forward to the day when people who need 
language tags can pick the right tag for a language without consulting an 

(of course, I imagine that if en-gb-scottish existed as a tag, the judgment 
on whether a particular text or movie was to be tagged en-gb-scottish or 
sco would definitely need some supporting documentation on the 


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