Alsatian answer from LOC

Randy Presuhn randy_presuhn at
Wed Feb 27 02:06:28 CET 2008

Hi -

(sorry about the preceding content-free posting)

> From: "Ciarán Ó Duibhín" <ciaran at>
> To: <ietf-languages at>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 4:47 PM
> Subject: Re: Alsatian answer from LOC
> It is arguable whether the name "Swiss German" would pass Ms Guenther's test
> either.  In principle its situation is similar to that of Alsatian, though
> it has a much greater degree of practical plausibility.  I would see
> Alemannic as the only fully satisfactory name for gsw.

To Germanists, "Alemannic" would be a highly unsatisfactory name for gsw,
since Alemannic includes other dialects, such as Swabian, that clearly were
not intended to be included in gsw.  There was extensive discussion of this
in November and December of 2006 on both this and the ltru WG lists.
For example of why treating Alemannic as "the" name for gsw would be
most confusing, consider


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