request for subtag for Elfdalian

Mats Blakstad mats.gbproject at
Mon Feb 29 02:06:46 CET 2016

Here is the subtag request, I keep the naming of the language open, so the
Language Subtag Reviewers can make that decision. At least I've done my job
to bring forward different arguments you should consider. Then you can see
what you want to do with the issue, I understand if you need a little time
to discuss it...


1. Name of requester: Mats Blakstad
2. E-mail address of requester: info @
3. Record Requested:

Type: primary language
Subtag: ovdal
Description: Elfdalian / Övdalian
Comments: Elfdalian / Övdalian is a language spoken in Älvdalen, Dalarna,
Sweden. [Maybe comment on alternative names used here?]

4. Intended meaning of the subtag:

Elfdalian / Övdalian is a language spoken in Älvdalen, Dalarna Sweden.

5. Reference to published description of the language (book or article):

For further details see the application form for ISO639 and the rejection
letter from the RA with comments from the review period:

2016-02-29 1:57 GMT+01:00 Michael Everson <everson at>:

> 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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