RE: Variant subtag proposal: Høgnorsk variety of Norwegian
petercon at microsoft.com
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.
From: ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no] On Behalf Of Kent Karlsson
Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2010 3:19 AM
To: ietf-languages at alvestrand.no
Subject: Re: Variant subtag proposal: Høgnorsk variety of Norwegian
Den 2010-01-02 03.56, skrev "John Cowan" <cowan at ccil.org>:
> 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
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scanian_dialects 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!
I'm a bit disappointed with the Swedia site (http://swedia.ling.gu.se/).
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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