Adding variant subtags 'aluku' and 'nduyka' and 'pamaka' for dialects

Doug Ewell doug at
Sun Aug 23 22:46:09 CEST 2009

Kent Karlsson <kent dot karlsson14 at comhem dot se> wrote:

> But the suggested name is not given by Ethnologue at all.

It doesn't have to be.  Ethnologue isn't a normative reference to BCP 
47.  We can add any additional Description fields we like, subject to 
certain constraints like "no duplicates," although there is strong 
pushback against *removing* names that provide a link between subtags 
and ISO code elements.

> And given the example of Djuka/Ndjuka, I would not be surprised if 
> (for instance) the presence/absence of h in Bushi/Busi also could make 
> the switch between ok and derogative. I would tread very carefully.

I don't know enough about this language or these dialects to have an 
opinion here.  I have assumed all along that Pascal Vaillant knows what 
he is talking about.  He certainly sounds to me like he has done his 

> I have seen seemingly reasonable subtags proposed to this list being 
> turned down since they were considered derogatory by some.

Which ones?  I'm sure you can think of some, but they're not coming to 
me right now.  I know we had significant debates about the two 
Belarusian requests because one name or another was considered 
derogatory, but we ended up registering both of them.

Doug Ewell  *  Thornton, Colorado, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14  ˆ

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