Language Variant subtags for Sanskrit

John Cowan cowan at
Tue Jul 20 14:30:48 CEST 2010

Michael Everson scripsit:

> So we have English and Standard English?

That is an example, yes.  We do not have a tag for Standard English (that
is, the standard dialect of English), because no one has proposed one.
Standard English is much more diverse than most standard languages: it has
several orthographies ("tyre centre", "tire centre", "tire center"),
a wide range of regional lexis (_scheme_ 'plan', _fall_ 'autumn',
_davenport_ 'sofa', _dacoity_ 'banditry'), and no standard accent at all.

John Cowan              cowan at
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[other subjects], but they reckon that because they can talk and read and
write, their opinions about talking and reading and writing are as well
informed as anybody's.  And since I have DNA, I'm entitled to carry on at
length about genetics without bothering to learn anything about it.  Not.
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