Alsatian answer from LOC

Karen_Broome at Karen_Broome at
Thu Feb 28 21:56:28 CET 2008

We should wait until we get an answer from ISO. While we should deal with 
requests in a timely way, it's important that any decision we make is not 
in conflict with ISO's answer. I don't think there's much point in arguing 
specifics of the registration form until we hear from them again.


Karen Broome

ietf-languages-bounces at wrote on 02/28/2008 10:21:17 AM:

> Hi,
> I remember that Doug proposed:
> > Type: language
> > Subtag: gsw
> > Description: Swiss German
> > Description: Alemannic
> > Added: 2006-03-08
> > Suppress-Script: Latn
> > Comment: gsw-FR represents the Alsatian dialect
> Or you might have the comment read:
> Comment: gsw-FR generally represents the Alsatian dialect.
> And be done with it.
> Though you can also keep waiting for a reclassification too.  But it
> seems the comment would be o.k. without any reclassification & you 
> can then just wait till you get one.
> Alternately there is the variant Alsatian registered originally 
> requested, with the prefix [gsw]. It would  represent the Alsatian 
> dialect and then [gsw] would represent any dialect of [gsw] when 
> spoken in France. 
> (This is based on Stephane Bortzmeier's information (http://www.
> "Do note also that some alsatian local dialects are *not* variant of
> Alemannic at all but Franconian or even Roman languages."
> I suppose [gsw-FR] might (in addition to representing Alsatian) also
> represent any dialect of Alemannic but spoken in France?  Or is that
> going too far??)
> --C. E. Whitehead
> cewcathar at 
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