Last call: Latvian (and Bontok) extlang subtags

CE Whitehead cewcathar at
Thu Feb 11 22:57:19 CET 2010

Hi.   I've given this matter a bit more thought.
Regarding Bontoc/Bontok [bnc], these varieties have not really previously appeared on the web (they have appeared perhaps in a few dictionaries/word lists, or none at all).  Although some of these have previously been viewed as related dialects rather than as distinct languages, since these have not been used online much or at all, it will not be necessary to map the newly created language codes back to [bnc].  (However, I personally wish I had more details on how if at all such content has been tagged online.) 

C. E. Whitehead
cewcathar at
Michael Everson everson at 
Thu Feb 11 09:59:58 CET 2010 
> It is clear that there is something wrong with the RFC.
> Apparently I cannot simply "Pass" until the community comes up with rational criteria for these "extlang subtags". A decision must be taken now. (For other things I might reject now and allow people to return later with a new proposal and more data.)
> Nor can I make a judgement as to whether lv- should be extended but bnc- should not be on the basis of "quantity" of records used *to date*.
> So zh- is extended for Chinese, but Quechua and Kurdish and Cree have not been so extended.
> This makes no sense.
> It seems to me that the "compromise" you came up with had more to do with stopping the argument than with any particular utility.
> I have appealed to this community to assist me, so that my choice ends up not being a toin-coss, since I would rather not be criticized for making an arbitrary choice. Yet in the absence of quantitative data, the choice is, effectively, an arbitrary one.
> John and Doug were clear. Kent was clear. The rest of you indulged in meta-blather that had nothing to do with the actual choice which, evidently must be taken.
> Please do better. Make your comments and make them clearly.
> Michael Everson *
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