Re: Language Tags and Character Sets

From: Marion Gunn (
Date: Tue Jun 03 2003 - 08:31:28 EDT

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    Scríobh "Philippe Verdy" <>:
    > ...
    > Language variants are not distinct because of a national border
    > ut because a long history of separation of peoples and atachment
    > of peoples to an origin culture in times of political conflicts or repressions.
    > ...

    That is true. As a dialectologist by calling, I must agree with you

    > Then English in each area can be correctly labelled: "en-IE" is general
    > English as spoken in the whole Ireland.
    > ...

    That is what I would like to use for Hiberno-English, if it has not
    already been registered.

    I also feel very strongly that cultures overlapping international
    boundaries should be tagged by consensus between relevant national
    bodies (in this case BSI and NSAI), rather than fall victim to inexpert advice.

    > I am not sure why this discussion goes into the Unicode list...

    That is a technically messy story. Do you recall my supplying 'quick
    brown fox' examples, showing Irish has a different Unicode/ISO 10646
    character set to Gaelic and Manx, which have their own distinctive

    Well, there is some interest in the university here in extending that
    approach to see if we could do the same with frequency measures of IPA
    charsets to tentatively fix borders between dialects, treating sounds as
    isoglosses, as it were, in tandem with our usual syntactic/wordstore
    analyses. No idea if that would work, but it is something I wish to
    raise first within a more local NSAI forum.

    Marion Gunn * EGT (Estab.1991) * *
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