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

"Doug Ewell" <dewell@roadrunner.com> Sat, 01 December 2007 17:16 UTC

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Subject: [Ltru] Re: John Cowan throws in the towel on extlangs
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John Cowan <cowan at ccil dot org> wrote:

>> 3) The audio content we tag with the "zh" tag is sometimes Cantonese.
>
> No problem.  When you know it is Cantonese, you'd be encouraged to 
> switch to "yue".   When you know it is Mandarin, you may use "cmn", 
> but that might cause interop problems with applications that don't 
> know that tag.

Isn't that equally true for "yue"?

>> 4)  We need a tag for written Cantonese used in subtitles, and today 
>> we use "zh-yue."
>
> That will still be valid, but deprecated; you'd be encouraged to 
> switch to "yue".

Then if they currently use "zh-cmn" for some Mandarin purpose, wouldn't 
they be equally encouraged to switch to "cmn"?

"zh" has historically been used to tag much more Mandarin than Cantonese 
or any other flavor of Chinese, but "zh" does not specifically mean 
Mandarin.  I was sure you and I agreed on that.

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