request for subtag for Elfdalian

Michael Everson everson at
Mon Feb 29 01:57:04 CET 2016

We wish to have an explicit discussion of the ramifications of our subtag being introduced and the effects a subsequent formal assignment of 639 code for this language. 

> On 29 Feb 2016, at 00:46, John Cowan <cowan at> wrote:
> 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.

Michael Everson *

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