Language Variant subtags for Sanskrit

Michael Everson everson at
Tue Jul 20 14:11:46 CEST 2010

On 20 Jul 2010, at 12:56, John Cowan wrote:
> Michael Everson scripsit:
>> What is the difference between "Sanskrit" and "Classical Sanskrit",
>> then? Why do you need both? Why not just the three others Vedic,
>> Epic, Buddhist?
> Because "Sanskrit" is the wider term, or hypernym, for which the others
> (including "Classical Sanskrit") are hyponyms.

So we have English and Standard English?

> It sometimes happens that a hypernym has the same phonological and orthographic shape as its hypernym: thus what in English are distinguished as "Turkic" (hypernym) and "Turkish" (hyponym) are the same word in Turkish -- but that does
> not mean that Turks can't tell the difference between Turkish and the other Turkic languages.

I'm not *very* convinced by this analogy. A little.

Michael Everson *

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