Last call: Latvian (and Bontok) extlang subtags

Michael Everson everson at
Mon Feb 8 01:54:26 CET 2010

On 8 Feb 2010, at 00:00, John Cowan wrote:

> Michael Everson scripsit:

>> I do not like this new "lav", I really do not. However, I approve the
>> two extended subtags.
> "lav" will not be a legal subtag, because "lv" is available, so that's
> not an issue.

You did not understand me but no matter.

>>> (2) Whether three new extended language subtags shall be created for
>>> Northern Bontok ("bnc-rbk"), Central Bontok ("bnc-lbk"), and
>>> Southwestern Bontok ("bnc-vbk"), which are new ISO 639-3 code
>>> elements encompassed by Bontok ('bnc'), recently reclassified as a
>>> macrolanguage and renamed from "Central Bontoc."
>> Logically I must also approve this.
> Not really.  Historically we have only approved extlang subtags for  
> use
> with primary language subtags in wide use:  "lv" is in wide use, but
> "bnc" is not.

Oh, I really don't think we should discriminate in that way. Latvians  
important, Bontocs not. No, no.

> As I said before, I'd prefer to se "lv-ltg" and "lv-lvs" available,
> but not "bnc-*".

Your rationale? Is it other than "Bontocs not"?

Michael Everson *

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