RE: Variant subtag proposal: Høgnorsk variety of Norwegian

Peter Constable petercon at
Mon Jan 4 20:16:16 CET 2010

Scanian was listed in Ethnologue 15 as a separate language. I recall this particular language since it was one of the few languages on which there were specific national body comments on ISO/DIS 639-3: the Swedish NB explicitly asked for it to be removed from the draft code table. IIRC, the judgment of the Ethnologue staff to include it as a distinct language was based on evidence provided by a Swedish linguist (not some "skanes_kung"); I've forgotten that linguist's name now.


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From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Kent Karlsson
Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2010 3:19 AM
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Subject: Re: Variant subtag proposal: Høgnorsk variety of Norwegian

Den 2010-01-02 03.56, skrev "John Cowan" <cowan at>:

> There was a minor kerfuffle on this list about traditional Scanian 
> dialect.  Ethnologue gives it the code 'scy', but it is excluded from 
> 639-3 (and a fortiori from the LSR).  See 
> for details.

scy is not a code in Ethnologue in its 16th edition.

Unfortunately that is not the end of "scy" (yet):

I would not mind at all if a *language* code was assigned to
*Old* Scanian or (modern) Bornholmian. But *modern* Scanian is a dialect of Swedish, and not the most distinctive one either.

You may even judge the seriousness of the proposal by reading the email address of the proposer... "skanes_kung", "King of Skåne", as a Hotmail address; there's a joker popping out of a box for you!

    /kent k

I'm a bit disappointed with the Swedia site (
Coming from "outside" and sticking a microphone in someone's face does not encourage the subjects to *really* speak their dialect...

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