Variant subtag proposal: Hgnorsk variety of Norwegian

John Cowan cowan at
Thu Dec 31 06:46:05 CET 2009

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> Well, if you truly don't know anything, then you don't, and in that case 
> your choices are "und" (or maybe "und-US") or no tag at all.

My point was that you do know something, it's just not the sort of thing
that 639-5 was designed to support.  639-5 is good if you only know the
language family, bad if you only know the provenance.

Principles.  You can't say A is         John Cowan <cowan at>
made of B or vice versa.  All mass
is interaction.  --Richard Feynman

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