Request for variant subtag "boont"

Addison Phillips addison at
Tue Aug 29 21:03:34 CEST 2006

Same comments as for 'scouse': I don't have a problem with this, but the 
Suppress-Script must go.


John Cowan wrote:
> 1. Name of requester:  John Cowan
> 2. E-mail address of requester:  cowan at
> 3. Record Requested:
>    Type: variant
>    Subtag: boont
>    Description: Boontling
>    Prefix: en
>    Suppress-Script: Latn
>    Comments: Jargon embedded in American English
> 4. Intended meaning of the subtag: The Boontling dialect of American English
> 5. Reference to published description
>    of the language (book or article):
> Adams, Charles C.  _Boontling: An American Lingo, with a Dictionary of
> Boontling.  University of Texas Press, 1971
> 6. Any other relevant information:
> Boontling is the name given by its speakers to a deliberately contrived
> jargon which was spoken extensively between 1880 and 1920 in the upper
> Anderson Valley of Mendocino County, California. This name, an abbreviated,
> self-explaining compound, is itself a typical word in the jargon. "Boont"
> is the local term for Boonville, the largest town in the valley and
> traditionally the service center of the upper portion of the area; "ling"
> is abbreviated from "lingo". Boontling, then, is the lingo of Boonville.
> At the zenith of its development, Boontling contained a basic vocabulary of
> more than 1000 words and phrases, and nearly 3000 specialized names for
> inhabitants of the area and for local geographical features.  It was spoken
> and/or understood by most of the approximately 500 people in the rural
> community. Three differing accounts of its origins are given by informants;
> all three agree that it originated as a secret language, but then spread,
> perhaps via public school, to the general populace. A conscious effort was
> made to coin additional words.
> Boontling is still studied today, both as an unusual linguistic phenomenon,
> and by local valley residents who wish to know more of their heritage.
> Registration of this variant will cause the existing grandfathered
> tag "en-boont" to be changed to a redundant tag.

Addison Phillips
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