gender voice variants

Phillips, Addison addison at
Tue Dec 18 17:18:20 CET 2012

Patrick wrote:
> What about languages distinguishing between female and male speech such as,
> apparently, Yanyuwa in Australia? Or Japanese onnarashii (女らしい),
> aka speech for ladies?

Those would be *orthographic* variations with-in *specific* languages. These might (or might not) rise to the level of variation that requires separate identification via a subtag. But that's different from what Peter was asking about, which was identification of a variation in the audio reproduction of *any* language. I can even think of some good use cases where such subtags would be useful--for example, identifying different pre-recorded audio resources that vary by gender. 

However, I still don't think that this would be a good use for the language subtag registry. Perhaps something like the transformation extension (which does describe the changes to language material as the result of some external process)?


Addison Phillips
Globalization Architect (Lab126)
Chair (W3C I18N WG)

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