Principles of Operation (was: LANGUAGE SUBTAG REQUEST FORM,
dewell at roadrunner.com
Wed Jan 30 15:28:42 CET 2008
CE Whitehead <cewcathar at hotmail dot com> wrote:
> Hi.Either of Ciaran's proposed solutions--
> (1), making de stand for a German macrolanguage;
The macrolanguage that is not defined by ISO 639-3/RA is not the true
> or else, (2), using [gem] which already at ethnologue indicates many
> of the varieties in question (Low Saxon, Franconian, Standard German;
> in the language subtag registry it is listed as indicating all
> varieties of German
The Registry does not say that 'de' indicates "all varieties of German"
or that it does not. It says: "Description: German". Ciarán and John
are working out what they feel this means, in a world where some people
speak varieties of what they would consider "German" and others speak a
dialect closely related to German but which they would not consider
"German." The Registry is not an encyclopedia of language information
and does not attempt to sort all this out.
> so I would assume that would include Upper Saxon for which there is no
There is a code (actually a code element). There is not yet a subtag,
but one day there will be, if RFC 4646bis is approved.
> would be fine with me.
Doug Ewell * Fullerton, California, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14
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