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

John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org> Sun, 02 December 2007 19:14 UTC

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Doug Ewell scripsit:

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

Yes.  However, people using "zh" to tag Mandarin shouldn't be encouraged
to switch to "cmn".

> "zh" has historically been used to tag much more Mandarin than Cantonese 

Partly because there *is* much more Mandarin (text) than Cantonese.

> but "zh" does not specifically mean Mandarin.  I was sure you and I
> agreed on that.

Yes, we do.

-- 
Here lies the Christian,                        John Cowan
        judge, and poet Peter,                  http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
Who broke the laws of God                       cowan@ccil.org
        and man and metre.


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