Latvian extlang subtags

Leif Halvard Silli xn--mlform-iua at
Fri Jan 22 19:14:19 CET 2010

John Cowan, Fri, 22 Jan 2010 11:30:10 -0500:
> Doug Ewell scripsit:
>> Of possible interest to this list, based on earlier discussions: Latvian 
>> was converted to a macrolanguage (encompassing Latgalian and Standard 
>> Latvian)
> Okay then.  In addition to the existing subtag 'lv', we will also have
> the new subtags 'lvs' for Standard Latvian and 'ltg' for Latgalian.
> This list has to decide, therefore, whether to allow 'lvs' and 'ltg' as
> extlang subtags, thus permitting the tags "lv-lvs" and "lv-ltg".
> I belive these lv-* forms should be permitted, on the close analogy of
> kok-*, sw-*, and uz-*.  For all of these, there are two languages in the
> macrolanguage, one of which is dominant, and so people will hesitate
> whether to use the long-established macrolanguage identifier or the 
> identifier
> for the dominant individual language.  The forms ar-*, ms-*, and zh-*
> are very similar except that there are multiple non-dominant languages.


> The only argument against is that we did not do so for et-*; however, that
> was not a reasoned decision but a matter of bad timing.
leif halvard silli

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