Criteria for languages?

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Dec 2 01:43:08 CET 2009

Mark Davis â?? scripsit:

> 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

We've been down this road before.  Descriptions are just labels, not necessary
and sufficient characterizations.

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