We already have the following meta questions for establishing tag scope:

The former is a static classification, while the latter focuses on the changes that occurred over time.

Should we also institute tags for context- or geographic-specific variations of Latin? The particular example that comes to mind is , which I think should be kept since it's such a major division of the language. In a comment, Nathaniel also proposes .

For geographical variations, per the Wikipedia article on Latin spelling and pronunciation (italic formatting in original, bold added):

Because of the central position of Rome within the Catholic Church, an Italian pronunciation of Latin became commonly accepted, but studies by Frederick Brittain (published as Latin in Church; the history of its pronunciation) show that this was not the case until the latter part of the 19th century. This pronunciation corresponds to that of the Latin-derived words in Italian. Before then, the pronunciation of Latin in church was the same as the pronunciation as Latin in other fields, and tended to reflect the sound values associated with the nationality of the speaker (Brittain, Latin in Church; the history of its pronunciation).

It seems like individual tags for geographic variations would rapidly get out of hand. Perhaps a catch-all such as would be appropriate?

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    Another one that is more connected to context than age might be vulgar-latin. Commented Feb 23, 2016 at 21:56
  • Cool, you half-answered my question, a basic example of this kind of questions. For now I have dialects there, but geographic-variation might be even better. I'll wait for the community to agree and I'll retag it.
    – Pavel V.
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 20:10
  • Should there, perhaps, be some general tags geolect, sociolect, ethnolect, or would that be too linguistically oriented and/or too general altogether.
    – Canned Man
    Commented Nov 27, 2018 at 16:05
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    @CannedMan This question is so old, you're probably better off asking this in a new Meta question and linking back to this one.
    – hBy2Py
    Commented Nov 27, 2018 at 16:34


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