Sign languages (was: Re: additions to ISO 639 and the IANA language subtag registry)

John Cowan cowan at
Tue Feb 21 04:25:31 CET 2006

Mark Davis scripsit:

> I agree with Doug's comments. The use of "sgn-xxx" was never a 
> particularly way of tagging, since it implies that there is some level 
> of shared comprehension between "sgn-xxx" and "sgn-yyy". Much better 
> would be "xxx-signed", etc.

1) There is some degree of mutual intelligibility, as I noted.  2) Backward
compatibility matters.

One Word to write them all,             John Cowan <cowan at>
  One Access to find them,    
One Excel to count them all,  
  And thus to Windows bind them.                --Mike Champion

More information about the Ietf-languages mailing list