Korean romanizations (Was: Japanese transliteration: ja-Latn-hepburn)

Doug Ewell doug at ewellic.org
Fri Sep 11 05:04:10 CEST 2009

Mark Davis ? <mark at macchiato dot com> wrote:

> Often the request is too narrow. I could request a subtag for 
> en-US-socapgfr, which is for that variant of English spoken by people 
> who were raised in Southern California, but moved out before the Great 
> Freeway Renaming. Ken Whistler and I happen to share this variant --  
> we speak like Southern Californians (with the pen/pin and 
> father/bother merges, etc), but don't use the distinctive pattern "the 
> 101" to refer to freeways that arose in the south after we both left.

BTW, not all who speak proper "Southern Californian English" have the 
pin/pen merger, though all that I know of have the father/bother merger.

I did manage to unlearn the freeway lingo, but only regionally.  So out 
here it's "I-25" and "I-70," but back in Orange County it's still "the 
5" and "the 57."

> If we really tried to register every variant down to the specific 
> variant that *someone, somewhere, *might* want*, that would take a 
> huge amount of effort, just for American English. Multiply that by all 
> the possible languages there are, and by all the linguists who would 
> analyse variants in different ways, and you end up with a 
> mind-boggling number of variants -- far, far beyond the ability of 
> this group to handle.

Geez, all I had in mind for Korean was registering the three most common 
romanizations, which anyone familiar with Korean could name off the top 
of their head.

Doug Ewell  |  Thornton, Colorado, USA  |  http://www.ewellic.org
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