Request of new variant subtag for kichwa (inside qu)

Kent Karlsson kent.karlsson14 at
Tue Jun 7 23:23:50 CEST 2011

Den 2011-06-07 19:55, skrev "John Cowan" <cowan at>:

> Phillips, Addison scripsit:
>> I wouldn't think so: it isn't a separate language but rather a
>> particular variation or flavor of Quechua, although ISO 639 is welcome
>> to make a different conclusion ;-).
> But Quechua is not itself a language; it is a language collection that
> is treated as a single language for some purposes.  I think having the
> concept "variant of a macrolanguage" is confusing and shouldn't be
> employed; macrolanguages have members, not variants, and if we allow
> both it will be very difficult to say which goes with what.

But we have:

Type: variant
Subtag: pinyin
Description: Pinyin romanization
Added: 2008-10-14
Prefix: zh-Latn
Prefix: bo-Latn

and 'zh' is a macrolanguage code... (And "standard" Chinese is Mandarin
Chinese, with code cmn.)

    /Kent K

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