request for subtag for Elfdalian

John Cowan cowan at
Mon Feb 29 01:46:33 CET 2016

Michael Everson scripsit:

> A letter should be drafted and sent to the RA asking for a change in
> their decision.

It isn't going to happen, Michael.  They already ignored the unanimous
testimony of five letters and bowed to the views of the Swedish
authorities (expressed in two letters, but not independent ones).
They aren't going to change their mind because of a sixth letter, no
matter how distinguished the authors are.  All that would happen is that
the legitimate aspirations of the Elfdalians would be put off for yet
another year, if not two; indeed, _stare decisis_ provides yet another
reason for the RA to reject the request.

Your Majesty, if you believe that Elfdalian deserves a primary language
tag, you are the only person on Earth who can grant them one.  Please
relieve your long-suffering subjects and do so.

John Cowan        cowan at
And they pack their lyrics till they're so damn dense
You could put 'em in your yard and you could use 'em for a fence.
      --Alan Chapman, "Everybody Wants to Be Sondheim"

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