Missing subtags 003 and 172

CE Whitehead cewcathar at hotmail.com
Sun Aug 1 01:19:02 CEST 2010

Doug Ewell doug at ewellic.org 
Sat Jul 31 22:02:30 CEST 2010 
> "Phillips, Addison" <addison at lab126 dot com> wrote:
>> I don't believe that those are necessarily the rules. An oversight can 
>> be corrected. The 003 (North America) code appears to me to be an 
>> oversight arising from the fact that it appears in an odd place in the 
>> M.49 code list (but is clearly indicated to be a "continent" there). I 
>> think that such a code, since it is not explicitly forbidden and fits 
>> the intended set for inclusion, can and should be registered via the 
>> normal request process.
> Does the rest of the list feel that way?  I'm wary of subjecting Michael 
> and myself to process appeals and recall petitions.
> I think it's unfortunate that the drafts I edited which ultimately 
> became RFC 4645 and 5645 went through literally years of combined 
> review, during which I implored WG members to read both the prose and 
> the attached registry contents, and nobody ever spotted this apparently 
> crucial "oversight."
> --
> Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA | http://www.ewellic.org

Fine with me­.  On further checking, 003 may be useful in any case for some very generic tagging of some varieties of Caribbean and North American English 
which argues for a bit of linguistic bridge between African American varieties of English in the U.S., incl Gullah, and English spoken in the Caribbean -- although the author argues that one variety developed more through Creolization and the other by dialect transition and koineization; 
Edgar W. Schneider, Introduction, V 1 of "A Handbook of Varieties of English").
C. E. Whitehead
cewcathar at hotmail.com 


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