ISO 3166-2 (was: Re: Scottish English)
dewell at roadrunner.com
Fri Aug 24 07:14:40 CEST 2007
Mark Davis <mark dot davis at icu dash project dot org> wrote:
> Add to that list the fundamental reason: there is some reason to use
> countries in defining language variants, because the governments are
> often associated with particular policies regarding orthography and
> other language variant features. However, that relationship becomes
> very tenuous when we look at sub-country boundaries, which are far
> less commonly associated strongly with a particular language variant.
> Moreover, where there is such a relationship, it far less likely to be
> unique; the same features will be shared among a large set of
Ninety-nine percent of the time, you are right: the main reason we don't
want to get involved with sub-national region subtags is that they don't
represent enough of a linguistic difference to be worth tagging.
For that one percent of the time when there is a taggable difference,
such as we are seeing right now with Scottish English, I feel it's
important to point out the technical conflicts between ISO 3166-2 and
the rest of the BCP 47 syntax.
Doug Ewell * Fullerton, California, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14
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