Scottish English

Harald Tveit Alvestrand harald at
Thu Oct 20 12:57:20 CEST 2005

--On torsdag, oktober 20, 2005 11:03:22 +0100 Marion Gunn <mgunn at> 

> Plese permit me to correct you on both points (below), Harald.
> Scríobh Harald Tveit Alvestrand:
>> 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.
> That is incorrect. SCO unambiguously tags a GERMANIC language.

.... but where do I find the information that tells me that?
Not on the ISO 639 RA web pages, that's for sure........

>> 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...
> That is incorrect. GLA unambiguously tags a GAELIC language.

Yes, GLA tells me that - but only because "Gaelic" is part of its name.

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