Simple: Language Subtag Registration

Michael Everson everson at
Sun Dec 13 20:41:23 CET 2015

On 10 Dec 2015, at 18:15, John Cowan <cowan at> wrote:

> I would also add "This tag does not apply to varieties that use morphology
> or syntax considered ungrammatical in the root language."
> That excludes LsF/IdP.

I see what you mean by “ungrammatical” —- one might ask if “simple English” that had “thinked” instead of “thought” be excluded from this. On the other hand, I know several people from Co. Carlow in Ireland who regularly say “I have went” and “I have drank”. This is grammatical in their dialect. 

I don’t think we should place strictures on speakers of languages with more morphological complexity than English that “simple” may or may not apply to them. That might be for them to decide. To tag Latina sine flexione one would have la-simple or… or what?  

Michael Everson *

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