Language Variant subtags

John Cowan cowan at
Mon Jul 5 18:18:34 CEST 2010

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> [V]ariant subtags in the Registry should have the same meaning for any  
> language to which they are applied.  This works for "written in IPA" or  
> "written in the Unified Turkic Alphabet," but doesn't work for, say,  
> "classical Sanskrit" versus "classical Latin."

I'm not so sure.  "Classical" has the same sense in both cases: the
traditional form which persevered for a long time in writing long after
it was disused as speech.  Likewise "classical Tamil", "classical
Arabic", Greek, Gaelic, etc. etc.

If I read "upcoming" in [the newspaper]              John Cowan
once more, I will be downcoming            
and somebody will be outgoing.                       cowan at

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