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Peter Constable petercon at microsoft.com
Wed Jun 17 18:00:10 CEST 2009

Which clearly brings us to the question, What does Vlaams or vls have to do with a request for Valencian?

-----Original Message-----
From: ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no] On Behalf Of Kent Karlsson
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 2:04 AM
To: Doug Ewell; ietf-languages at iana.org
Subject: Re: Valencian Language Tag registration request

Den 2009-06-17 04.04, skrev "Doug Ewell" <doug at ewellic.org>:

> The ISO 639 RAs have assigned two names to this language -- "Catalan;
Valencian" -- an approach they have taken with other languages as well,
including Spanish and Dutch.  That should be sufficient.

Which brings us to the question what 'vls' (included in the
registry update that soon, hopefully, will be approved) stands for.

Type: language
Subtag: vls
Description: Vlaams

Type: language
Subtag: nl
Description: Dutch
Description: Flemish

Note that "Vlaams" is the Dutch word for "Flemish". There
*may* be a linguistic distinction to be made (such as
West Flemish (West-Vlaams) vs. East Flemish (Oost-Vlaams)).
But that is far from clear from the ISO 639-3 descriptions.

I'm not suggesting that ietf-languages debates this, it is
an issue for the ISO 639-3 registration authority.

    /kent k

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