Sign languages

Doug Ewell dewell at
Sun Feb 26 08:25:41 CET 2006

John Cowan <cowan at ccil dot org> wrote:

>>> Now we can either treat sgn-US and the 20 other registered tags as
>>> sui generis, or we can extend the pattern to the other national-
>>> scope sign languages, and treat the "minority" sign languages
>>> differently, either as sgn-xxx or as just xxx.  I proposed the
>>> former.
>> I thought you had proposed the latter.  I'm glad I misunderstood.
> Oops.  What I propose is actually the second of the three
> possibilities mentioned: sgn-XX for national sign languages, sgn-yyy
> for non-national ones.

Then I must respectfully disagree.  We are bound by history to honor 
"sgn-US" for American Sign Language (and likewise for 21 others).  We 
are not bound to perpetuate this model for all other sign languages 
identified by a country name.

Doug Ewell
Fullerton, California, USA

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