Early Modern English

Doug Ewell doug at ewellic.org
Sat Jan 21 22:36:14 CET 2012

Michael Everson <everson at evertype dot com> wrote:

>> - 'tudor', might indicate too tight a historical period; could allow
>>   subtag to be used with Cornish as well (but I still don't see how)
> The description explains what the subtag refers to; the subtag could
> be "xyzabsc" and that wouldn't "indicate" anything.

This is true, and of course I've said so too.

> And I don't see what your problem with Cornish is.

I don't have any problem with Cornish, or with the notion of a subtag
for Tudor-era Cornish.

I don't understand how having a single subtag for Early Modern English
and for Tudor Cornish, even if they do span approximately the same
historical period, is consistent with this list's (very well, YOUR)
objections to similar subtags over the years. We don't have 'western'
and 'academic', and probably won't have 'earlymod', because you've
argued successfully that they could be misappropriated for languages
other than Western Armenian and Academic Belarusian and Early Modern

My "problem" is that I don't see how English and Cornish are similar
enough for their respective "Tudor" variants to be taggable by a single
subtag, any more than "Western This" and "Western That" could be. (One
language is Germanic, the other Celtic.) To me, this is a built-in
misappropriation. In this I differ with you, and with Mark Davis.

I will go ahead and submit forms for 'tudor', for Early Modern English
only, and if you want to alter them to include Cornish then you may do

Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA
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