Criteria for languages?
cowan at ccil.org
Tue Dec 1 21:26:10 CET 2009
Mark Davis â?? scripsit:
> 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.
The issue here is not what Swiss Germans think, but what language taggers
(among whom librarians are a large and important subset) actually do.
An argument of the form "in case X, we should do D, therefore in case Y,
we should do D as well" depends on whether X and Y are truly parallel,
and the burden of persuasion is with the believer, not the skeptic.
> and by the way, if ISO were consistent, de would also be a macrolanguage
Only if "de" means "German" rather than "Standard German".
No, John. I want formats that are actually John Cowan
useful, rather than over-featured megaliths that http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
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