request for subtag for Elfdalian

Kent Karlsson kent.karlsson14 at
Mon Apr 18 00:32:30 CEST 2016

Den 2016-04-17 20:25, skrev "Doug Ewell" <doug at>:

> Peter Constable wrote:

> > The RA cannot put itself in the position of establishing the status of
> > the target of an encoding proposal. This is exactly the case as well
> > for Unicode: Unicode will not approve a proposal to encode characters
> > or a script that does not yet have an established independent status,
> > and will not put itself in the position of encoding  things in order to
> > establish such a status.

> This is an important point, but uncharacteristically for one of Peter's
> explanations, I found the wording a bit obscure. Maybe it's just me. In
> any event, what I got out of it was:

> The RA will not approve a language code element for (e.g.) Elfdalian for
> the express purpose of (a) establishing that Elfdalian is an independent
> language or (b) fostering the development of Elfdalian as an independent
> language.

The thing is that Elfdalian (I still don't like that naming!) is a separate
language ***for purely linguistic reasons***. There is **no** question
about trying to newly **establish** it as such. There is a question about
**recognising** the linguistic fact that it is a separate language.
Establishing a future **use** of Elfdalian is something quite separate,
and not relevant for ISO 639-3 RA.

/Kent K

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