Proposed new variant subtag: pre1917

Philip Newton philip.newton at
Sun Sep 12 20:08:26 CEST 2010

On Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 6:09 PM, Doug Ewell <doug at> wrote:
> Kent Karlsson <kent dot karlsson14 at telia dot com> wrote:
>> I don't see a proposal for a subtag for post-1917 Russian orthography...
> There is a history, perhaps an unfortunate one, that if language variation A
> gets a variant subtag and language variation B does not, some people will
> take that to mean that variation B must be the "standard" or "normal" or
> "official" or "correct" variation and A must be the aberration.

This point came up in my discussion with the Lia Rumantscha when I
worked on variant subtags for Romansh - they felt that Rumantsch
Grischun, as the standard variety used e.g. by the canton Graubünden
as a whole as well as by the Swiss Confederacy, should not receive a
subtag since it could not be considered a "variant" but was, instead,
the standard.

(I'm glad they accepted my explanation and decided to assign a subtag
to that written form of the language, too.)

Philip Newton <philip.newton at>

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