Another attempt at plain language

Doug Ewell doug at
Wed Sep 2 18:15:35 CEST 2015

I think two of the major objections to a generic 'plain' subtag were

1.  the boundaries between "plain" and "non-plain" (obfuscated?
bureaucratic?) language are hard to define, and

2. "plain" English and "plain" German and "plain" Lavatbura-Lamusong are
fundamentally different languages, and variants that work across
languages usually require better commonality than this.

In regard to (1), one could certainly expect a great deal of
disagreement over the definition "writing that is clear, concise,
well-organized, and follows other best practices appropriate to the
subject or field and intended audience." Does this post qualify? Does
yours? Who is the arbiter? Using the CEFR definitions might or might not
help to resolve this problem.

Doug Ewell | | Thornton, CO 🇺🇸

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