Appeal to ISO 639 RA in support of Elfdalian

John Cowan cowan at
Fri Mar 4 02:58:16 CET 2016

Peter Constable scripsit:

> I’m guessing that there are analogies for Elfdalian: that you can’t
> dispute that Swedish has a dominant, sociolinguistic impact even in
> regions where Elfdalian is spoken in terms of its role in education,
> inter-regional commerce and national media; yet that Elfdalian is
> linguistically distinct enough and has its own sociolinguistic status
> within the community, the combination giving enough viability that it
> will not be absorbed by Swedish in all communication roles, and should
> not be deemed that way.

Exactly so.

John Cowan        cowan at
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I am. --Noetica
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with hobbits, though some have done so).  --me

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