Addition request: alsatian

Peter Constable petercon at
Thu Jan 10 18:47:12 CET 2008

Mark has commented on the "think of themselves" issue, and I agree with his comments. You say it's a distinct dialect, yet you acknowledge that (at least, on the Web) it's quite rare to have distinct Alsatian content. Are you asking for a distinct tag for Alsatian just because, or because there is a real user need to distinguish Alsatian content from other content, including other gsw content?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stephane Bortzmeyer [mailto:bortzmeyer at]
> Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 6:20 AM
> To: Peter Constable
> Cc: ietf-languages at
> Subject: Re: Addition request: alsatian
> On Tue, Jan 08, 2008 at 05:02:59PM -0800,
>  Peter Constable <petercon at> wrote
>  a message of 18 lines which said:
> > *why* Alsatian content needs to be tagged separately from gsw.
> Because it is a distinct dialect (see the references I gave), in the
> same way that valencian is a dialect of catalan and so deserved a
> Variant subtag.
> A second issue is that Alsatian speakers do not think of themselves as
> speaking "Alemannic" and that the idea of using gsw alone may be
> difficult to "sell" to these people.
> > Do you anticipate Web pages with distinct content for Alsatian than
> > other gsw?
> Yes, although I must say there are very rare now.

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