Doug Ewell dewell at
Wed Jan 23 06:46:37 CET 2008

Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer at nic dot fr> replied to Caoimhin O 

>> it looks as if "sxu" might be a more appropriate prefix than "de".
> We may have a problem which is similar with the one encountered with 
> alsatian: a lot of people use "de" not for the specific Standard 
> German language, but as a macrolanguage (even if it is not classified 
> as such in ISO 639-3) for all germanic languages.

There's not much we can do about it if they do.  639-3 doesn't list "de" 
as a macrolanguage, and the Registry in the 4646bis era won't include 
any subtags with a Macrolanguage: value of "de".

In fact, the online version of Ethnologue, which claims to be the 15th 
Edition, states clearly that Erzgebirgisch is considered a dialect of 
Upper Saxon, not German:

Doug Ewell  *  Fullerton, California, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14  ˆ 

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