Re: Tagging orthographic systems (was: (iso639.186) the

Date: Wed Sep 13 2000 - 21:46:22 EDT

On 09/13/2000 06:17:09 PM Kenneth Whistler wrote:


>So there is a perfect case for the need for an idiosyncratic
>orthographic tag -- in fact for several, changing over time --
>for a single person's transcription of a single language.

Note that there are several orthogonal factors here, and the distinctions
are all paralinguistic - i.e. language plus something else: script, writing
system, individual, time. Perhaps in at least some applications the
appropriate thing to to is to keep "language" as just that - language, and
use additional fields/attributes to distinguish other related but distinct

- Peter

Peter Constable

Non-Roman Script Initiative, SIL International
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75236, USA
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