Criteria for languages?

Mark Davis ☕ mark at
Wed Dec 2 01:14:52 CET 2009


On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 12:26, John Cowan <cowan at> wrote:

> 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".

Well, it *does* mean "German" and not "Standard German", according to us:

Type: language
Subtag: de
Description: German
Added: 2005-10-16
Suppress-Script: Latn

> --
> No,  John.  I want formats that are actually       John Cowan
> useful, rather than over-featured megaliths that
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> address all questions by piling on ridiculous      cowan at
> internal links in forms which are hideously
> over-complex. --Simon St. Laurent on xml-dev
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