Request of new variant subtag for kichwa (inside qu)

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Jun 8 19:46:46 CEST 2011

Caoimhin O Donnaile scripsit:

> The Linguistlist Composite Tree:
> seems to divide things up less finely than does SIL.

"Infinite are the arguments of mages."

Here are the SIL/ISO standard criteria for defining languages:

* Two related varieties are normally considered varieties of the same
  language if speakers of each variety have inherent understanding of
  the other variety at a functional level (that is, can understand based
  on knowledge of their own variety without needing to learn the other

* Where spoken intelligibility between varieties is marginal, the
  existence of a common literature or of a common ethnolinguistic identity
  with a central variety that both understand can be a strong indicator
  that they should nevertheless be considered varieties of the same

* Where there is enough intelligibility between varieties to
  enable communication, the existence of well-established distinct
  ethnolinguistic identities can be a strong indicator that they should
  nevertheless be considered to be different languages.

I think it's uncontroversial that SIL tends to recognize more languages
than other individuals or organizations (though specialists in
particular languages often think their splits are not fine enough!)

The man that wanders far                        cowan at
from the walking tree                 
        --first line of a non-existent poem by:         John Cowan

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