Generic and non-generic variants (was: Re: Early Modern English)

John Cowan cowan at
Fri Jan 13 21:06:23 CET 2012

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> I don't intend my proposal to register "Early Modern English" to serve
> as a test bed for reopening this old debate. I would just like to see a
> subtag value that isn't obscure in the extreme. 'arevmda' and 'arevela'
> worked because these are roots of the actual words used in Armenian to
> describe those two variants. They are not named after people who wrote
> books in or about those variants, nor are they derived from the year
> such a book was written. That is the kind of clarity I would like for
> Early Modern English.

I emphatically agree.

John Cowan  cowan at
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