Another attempt at plain language

Martin J. Dürst duerst at
Fri Sep 4 08:01:16 CEST 2015

On 2015/09/03 14:02, Peter Constable wrote:
> Coincidentally, there has been a project going on within ISO TC 37/SC4 to create a Technical Specification, "Language resource management — Controlled natural language (CNL) — Basic concepts and general principles".
> I thought these excerpts from a draft might be of interest for this discussion (I'm extracting only a few portions, which I am assuming to fall within fair-use allowances of copyright laws):

> Although many properties of CNLs and their environments have already been identified... CNL itself has the four properties listed below...

> 3. It is an engineered (i.e. constructed) language: this means that it is explicitly and consciously defined, and is not the product of an implicit and natural process, even though it is based in turn on a natural language that is the product of an implicit and natural process.

> It strikes me that point 3 in particular would suggest that CNLs are very much within the scope of BCP 47.

I would agree, and guess that many on this list would agree, that a 
specific and well-defined CNL would be in scope (mostly through a 
specific variant subtag registration) for BCP 47.

I think the point where we see many different and conflicting opinions 
is on the value of registering some kind of general variant tag that 
would be applicable to simplified or controlled languages independent of 
base language.

Regards,   Martin.

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