[Ltru] Re: John Cowan throws in the towel on extlangs

John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org> Fri, 14 December 2007 04:42 UTC

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Subject: [Ltru] Re: John Cowan throws in the towel on extlangs
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Doug Ewell scripsit:

> To me, and perhaps only to me, saying that people tagging Cantonese as 
> "zh[-yue]" should be encouraged to switch to "yue", but people tagging 
> Mandarin as "zh[-cmn]" should not be encouraged to switch to "cmn", is 
> tantamount to saying that "zh" is a synonym for "cmn".  If it is not, 
> I'd like to know how it is not.

No, it's saying that as a pragmatic matter, most "cmn" documents are tagged
"zh" for historical reasons, and that tagging your document "cmn" may make
it difficult to find.

-- 
Samuel Johnson on playing the violin:           John Cowan
"Difficult do you call it, Sir?                 cowan@ccil.org
 I wish it were impossible."                    http://www.ccil.org/~cowan


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