Criteria for languages?

Mark Davis ☕ mark at
Tue Dec 1 20:54:38 CET 2009

Do you have any reason for that claim?

As far as I know, all Swiss Germans consider Walliserdeutsch to be a kind of
Swiss German, and Swiss German to be a kind of German. I wouldn't be
surprised at either 'de' or 'gsw' tags (and by the way, if ISO were
consistent, de would also be a macrolanguage), but wouldn't expect 'ger' to
be any more likely than 'ine'.


On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 11:37, John Cowan <cowan at> wrote:

> Mark Davis â?? scripsit:
> > It is the lack of a uniform policy that bothers me more than the
> > particular case. Anything that is Walliserdeutsch right now would be
> > either tagged "de" (because that was all that was available until gsw
> > was encoded) or "gsw".
> That assumption might not be well-founded: it may be that they're being
> tagged "ger" right now.
> --
> John Cowan  cowan at<>
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