Language Variant subtags for Sanskrit (was Language Variant subtags)

CE Whitehead cewcathar at
Tue Jul 6 01:54:39 CEST 2010


There is no reason these subtags cannot have up to eight letters even so they can be longer than they are if that is necessary in order to specify them.

Nevertheless, "vedic" is fine with me as is "epics."

I would prefer not having a generic variant 'classic' or 'class' -- that is I think its prefixes should be specified; 
for example:
Type: variant
Subtag:  classic 

Prefix: he (Biblical or Classical Hebrew ; but note that Classical Greek is not = New Testament Greek!  So "classical" may not be being used quite the same way even though I do agree that it is used for a written form that persists after the dialects have changed), ar (although we have [arb] for standard Arabic which is very similar; perhaps [arb] should be an alternate prefix; classical = Qur'anic for Arabic; al-Fus.-h.aa is the name for both Classical and the variety defined by [arb] although you can separate these; see, la, sa, (however for Greek we have [grk] and a subtag classical would not make this any more specific that I know of although I may be wrong! -- someone who is more expert here can let me know)


There no doubt will be a few more prefixes for classical but I'd prefer we specify them.

Alternately, could a date could be added to 'clas' or something? Or perhaps, following Michael Everson's suggestion, would 'paninian' do?

Did we not have an issue trying to register 'classic' as a variant before and was not the requester refused?  This was for 
Taraškievica (ultimately assigned the subtag [tarask]).

Michael Everson everson at 
Mon Jul 5 18:49:31 CEST 2010 

> I wonder if there are Sanskrit terms for these four types that would be suitable.

> Michael Everson *
O.k. thanks; this would be nice.  (But 'vedic' is fine as this name is commonly in use.  And I do like 'epics.'

However, what does 'aarsha' mean?)


C. E. Whitehead
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