John Cowan cowan at
Fri Dec 30 00:38:48 CET 2016

On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 5:52 PM, Doug Ewell <doug at> wrote:

A new -c- extension would indicate explicitly that both languages (or
> more than 2, if desired) are presented in free combination and that none
> is dominant over the other(s). It should also specify an
> extension-specific matching rule that any tag involving both (or all) of
> the indicated languages should compare as equal, so that "en-c-es" is
> explicitly equal to "es-c-en", and so forth.

Well, I don't agree with that part.  I think in fact that it's always
to tell which is the matrix language, and so that es-c-en is a kind of es,
whereas en-c-es is a kind of en.

John Cowan        cowan at
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