Latvian extlang subtags

Kent Karlsson kent.karlsson14 at
Sat Jan 23 23:11:04 CET 2010

Den 2010-01-23 19.38, skrev "Doug Ewell" <doug @ ewellic . org>:

> Kent Karlsson <kent dot karlsson14 at comhem dot se> wrote:

> > I think there should be no additions to the set of extlangs.
> >
> > I see the extlangs as purely a one-off for getting through
> > a compromise in LTRU. I see them as something static, not
> > to be added to.
> Whereas I see the compromise as having been a reflection of continuing
> reality and not a petty, one-off political battle.
> People talk about "Chinese" when they might say "Mandarin" or
> "Cantonese" if pressed for specifics.  Likewise, so I have been told,
> people talk about "Latvian" when it turns out they might really mean
> either Standard Latvian or Latgalian.  If this is the criterion by which
> "zh" was assigned extlangs, then that same criterion should be applied
> to Latvian,

If that was the case, *all* macrolangauges would have *each* of their
encompassed languages as extlangs. And that is not the case. Only a
small subset was selected. And that was for purposes of the compromise
only; not something to be continued to be reanalysed.

> and this decision process (yea or nay) should continue as
> long as ISO 639-3/RA decides to convert individual languages into
> macrolanguages.  Your fundamental objection to the extlang mechanism
> should not enter into this.

I still see my objection as perfectly valid.

    /kent k

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