Language Variant subtags for Sanskrit

Kent Karlsson kent.karlsson14 at
Wed Jul 14 22:12:56 CEST 2010

Note that there are several primary language subtags in LSR that
have "classical" in their description:

nwc        Classical Newari
syc        Classical Syriac
cmg        Classical Mongolian
myz        Classical Mandaic
nci        Classical Nahuatl
que        Classical Quechua
xcl        Classical Armenian
xct        Classical Tibetan

Plus "old ...", "middle ...", "ancient ...", and other historic languages
which may be considered "classical" by some.

This alone makes is a vary bad idea to have "classical"/similar as a
variant subtag, whatever one may think of it otherwise.

    /Kent K

Den 2010-07-14 21.46, skrev "Phillips, Addison" <addison at>:

>>> 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.
> Addison
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