[Spellyans] Language tags for Cornish orthographies
everson at evertype.com
Mon Sep 29 15:16:25 IST 2008
On 29 Sep 2008, at 13:26, <ajtrim at msn.com> <ajtrim at msn.com> wrote:
> What is the impact of this? What do we gain by having a tag and
> subtag? What does it do? Who needs to agree to it? How would people
> It is difficult to comment on this until we understand the
It means you can tag text not only as Cornish, but as one or another
orthography of Cornish. You can do this now
> I assume that <kw> is short for "kernuak" in it's various spellings.
No; "kw" is the ISO 639-1 two-letter code for Cornish. "cor" is the
ISO 639-2 three-letter code for Cornish,
> If so, the subtags should also be in Cornish (and in their own
Erm, no, that's not how it works. These are arbitrary strings intended
to have some mnemonic value.
> That would rule out the proposed subtags that start with "cor" and
> also exclude those containing "SWF".
Having thought about it, I believe the appropriate subtags are:
> Should each language group propose their own tag?
No. This isn't that kind of endeavour. This isn't about personal
identity or preference; it's just technical. Neutrality and simplicity
is probably a good idea. (Note that I did not propose "Kennywek" for KK.
> Should it be coordinated by a central authority?
What, the application process? There is no need for that. Anyone with
a need to tag text can apply for a subtag. (I have a need to tag text.)
> There will probably be further orthogaphies proposed at various
> future times. Their "owners" may want to have their own subtag too!
The internet protocol is big enough to handle future expansion.
> Is KD still current or has it faded away?
I believe it has faded away. No one, so far as I know, is planning to
use it as a practical orthography.
> Do we need another subtag to indicate original traditional spelling
> from the historical texts? What about Lhuyd's spelling?
There would not be a convenient way of indicating traditional
spelling. This really is for Revived Cornish; tagged text might be
able to make use of spell-checkers, or to identify text for automatic
transduction from one orthography to another.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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