Request for variant subtag: western

Mark Davis mark.davis at
Tue Aug 29 23:30:37 CEST 2006

1. Name of requester:  Mark Davis
2. E-mail address of requester: mark.davis at <cowan at>
3. Record Requested:

  Type: variant
  Subtag: western
  Description: Western
  Prefix: hy
  Comments: This variant refers to a dialect of the given prefix that is
common distinguished by the term "Western". An example is Armenian. Where
this variant can meaningfully be applied to other languages, additional
prefixes may be added in the future.

4. Intended meaning of the subtag:

This variant subtag can be used to distinguish dialects, in cases where
those dialects are commonly referred to as a "Western" form. For example,
Armenian has dialects commonly referred to as Eastern and Western.
Additional prefixes can be added in the future where the term "Western" can
also be meaningfully used to distinguish among dialects of those prefixes.

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

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