gender voice variants

Peter Constable petercon at
Wed Dec 19 23:10:56 CET 2012

Per my other posts, while the notion of grammatical gender can be more complex in languages such as Luganda (Bantu languages are prime examples of such complexity), I think these distinctions can be ruled as out of scope for language tags since I don't think there's a good use case for capturing grammatical gender distinctions in language tags.

IMO, all that would ever be needed in relation to gender (if we agreed on capturing via variant subtags) would be (say) "gendmale", "gendfem" and maybe (but not necessarily) "gendneut".


-----Original Message-----
From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Milos Rancic
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:32 PM
To: Doug Ewell
Cc: ietflang IETF Languages Discussion
Subject: Re: gender voice variants

That's not a rocket science. The needed actions are:
* Recognize gender category as subtag (let's say "-gender-").
* Recognize masculine and feminine genders (-gender-m-, -gender-f-).
* Stay open if someone comes with sensible suggestion for particular language. (For example, Luganda could have "lg-gender-7".)

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM, Doug Ewell <doug at> wrote:
> And this, IIRC, is why we decided not to try to solve this seemingly 
> simple problem the last time it was brought up.
> --
> Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA
> | @DougEwell ­
> -----Original Message----- From: Milos Rancic
> ...
> However, gender [1] is a quite complex category, if we are talking 
> about all languages. That means that it's possible to have different 
> gender inflection based on categories other than [approximation of] 
> natural sex. For example, different inflection or syntax depending on 
> social class.
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