proposed ISO standard for language variations

Peter Constable petercon at
Mon May 9 20:13:19 CEST 2016

I believe they want to have a clear model for creating metadata elements or identifiers for all kinds of language variations. Compare that to our current use of variant subtags, which conflates any kinds of distinction _other than_ script or national/super-national regions. If we had requests for hundreds of variant subtags with many having overlapping semantics, we'd have a bit of a mess to sort through.

Without speaking for or against the proposed model, I have had numerous linguistics textbooks that did not present anything like this.


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From: Ietf-languages [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Yury Tarasievich
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Subject: Re: proposed ISO standard for language variations

Essentially, a standardisation of 'Language' 
chapter of any linguistics textbook.

So? The further chapters of any same textbook would show the usefulness of intermediate abstraction levels (between 'person' level and 'codifications' level) to be dubious.

What do proposers really want to achieve?

On 09/05/16 00:53, John Cowan wrote:
> Peter Constable scripsit:
>> New Work Item Proposal for TC37/SC2: Identification and description 
>> of language varieties
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