Criteria for languages?

Randy Presuhn randy_presuhn at
Fri Dec 4 22:42:25 CET 2009

Hi -

> From: "Mark Davis ☕" <mark at>
> To: "Randy Presuhn" <randy_presuhn at>
> Cc: <ietf-languages at>
> Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 7:52 AM
> Subject: Re: Criteria for languages?
> A strict approach would be that if Latgalian is indeed a different language
> from (mutually incomprehensible with) Latvian, then it was incorrect to tag
> any Latgalian with "lav", and we just encode a new language and move on.
> Same for Walliserdeutsch.

Precisely.  The question is just how mutually (in)comprehensible the are,
and regardless of one's faith in reasonable people, that leaves a lot
of wiggle room.


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