Language Variant subtags for Sanskrit

Phillips, Addison addison at
Wed Jul 14 21:46:57 CEST 2010

> > I think you mean: "not as a generic variant subtag meaning 'any
> classical variety'"? A subtag with the meaning "classical Sanskrit"
> sounds appropriate to me, though.
> I am tending to think that "classical" is a category that could and
> should validly attach to a variety of prefixes.

This is at variance with your previous preference that subtags be specific. Also, the meaning of the adjective "classical", as Peter Constable explains it and as I understand it, varies quite widely between different languages. Classical Sanskrit is a particular language (flavor). Classical Latin is a very different particular language flavor, etc.

I'm not generically opposed to generic variants. But I think this one may be dubious, as it may come into conflict with specific language variations that could be understood to be "classical" in some contexts.


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