[Ltru] Re: Macrolanguages, countries & orthographies

Don Osborn dzo at bisharat.net
Thu Feb 15 17:57:49 CET 2007

Collection -> new alpha-3?, ISO-639-5?

In the case of such a collection, were it to be proposed, what would be the
utility of a code for a bunch of tongues linked by various and diverse
criteria (history or vocabulary, mainly)? IOW taking Peter's question a step
further: Does "collection" have a functional definition related to the
envisioned use(s) of a code describing it? Or is it purely descriptive or
perhaps intended for bibliographic use only?

(inquiring minds...)

From: Peter Constable
> From: John Cowan [mailto:cowan at ccil.org]
> > But I, at least, am certainly not proposing making en/eng
> > into a macrolanguage.  A macrolanguage covering ang, mne,
> > eng, and sco, yes.
> Go back and read the description of "macrolanguage" and tell me in what
> context that would apply to all of these? When is it useful to treat
> all of these as a single language?
> A collection, fine.
> Peter Constable
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