Language for taxonomic names, redux
everson at evertype.com
Wed Feb 22 22:35:08 CET 2017
If the requirement were tagging in order to provide support for text to speech, then “accent” would be a relevant factor vis à vis the locale subtags. la-DE-linnaeus would probably give a different result from la-US-linnaeus. And those people programming the text-to-speech engines would need to know about this.
> On 22 Feb 2017, at 20:33, John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 2:07 PM, Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com> wrote:
> No; Germans will very likely say [tsitʀo] and not [ˈsɪtɹoʊ]. That’s not just “accent”.
> The difference between [ˈwɔːtə] and [ˈwɒɾɚ] is just accent, despite having only one phone in common.
> Splendid, but this does not answer the question. There are surely different pronunciations common for these, differing from country to country and language to language. What prefix or prefixes would you intend this subtag to be used with?
> Surely "Prefix: la" is correct, which allows any nationality tag. In practice, a nationality tag with "la" of any sort will be used only to tag speech recordings: one may *speak* Latin according to the German pronunciation, but one does not *write* Latin according to the German pronunciation, one simply writes Latin. The same is true of every classical language.
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