Language Subtag Registration

Peter Constable petercon at
Tue Oct 13 00:55:46 CEST 2015

I think the denoted variant is perfectly reasonable to add, but as mentioned, the syntax requires a longer subtag, even though "nfld" is a conventional abbreviation for Newfoundland. What about "nflnd"?


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Nfld is too short. It needs to be at least five letters (or four numbers) to make a valid subtag.

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   1. Name of requester: Marc Moisan
   2. E-mail address of requester: webmaster @
   3. Record Requested:

   Type:   variant
   Subtag: nfld
   Description: Newfoundland English
   Prefix: en-CA

   4. Intended meaning of the subtag:

   The subtag is intended to represent the dialect of Canadian English spoken in the
   province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Sometimes referred as "Newfinese" the dialect
   differ substantially from the English commonly spoken elsewhere.

   5. Reference to published description of the language (book or

   W.J. Kirwin, G.M. Story and J.D.A. Widdowson, eds. "Dictionary of Newfoundland English",
   2nd ed. (University of Toronto Press, 1990). [ISBN: 978-0802068194]

   Nellie P. Strowbridge, "The Newfoundland Tongue" (St. John's, NL:
Flanker Press, 2008).
   [ISBN: 978-1897317235]

   R.A. Bragg, "Traditional Newfie Talk: The First English Language of North America"
   (Halifax, NS: Nimbus Publishing, 2015). [ISBN: 978-1771083034]

   6. Any other relevant information:


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