Request for variant subtag: western

Don Osborn dzo at
Wed Aug 30 00:25:16 CEST 2006

<dumb question>How does this kind of (sub)tag (scouse, boont, etc.) relate
to the purpose of alpha-4 tags in the proposed ISO-639-6?</dumb question>.  

Respond offline if that is more appropriate. TIA. Don

PS- To Michael's endless list one can add red, black, white (external
descriptors for ethnic & language names in the case of Bobo/Bwa and Maraka,
though if you get into it, it's not that clearcut, and there are synonyms as

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Michael Everson
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 6:04 PM
To: IETF Languages Discussion
Subject: Re: Request for variant subtag: western

At 17:51 -0400 2006-08-29, John Cowan wrote:
>Michael Everson scripsit:
>>  I don't like this kind of thing at all. There are many compass  
>> directions and subdivisions thereof (North by Northwest etc), and  
>> there are hills and valleys and there are various levels of altitude.
>>  There is Hill Mari and Forest Mari. This list of vague generic  
>> (sub)tags like this is pretty endless.
>Very true, and as we need them, we can add them.  The alternative is 
>inventing new language-specific variant subtags when generic ones 
>reflect standard practice, as with Armenian and many other languages.
>This should be approved.

If a distinction between Western and Eastern Armenian needs to be approved,
codes for those languages should be requested.

If you want a great swath of generic terms like Eastern Western Northern
Southern Northeastern Northwestern Southeastern Southwestern Inner Outer
Upper Lower Hill Plain Valley Cave Desert Jungle Central Peripheral Prestige
Vulgar Urban Rural Village Town Male Female Adult Adolescent Child Sacred
Profane Loal Diaspora etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc, add them
to 3066ter. This list is endless.
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