[Tagging] "Feature Proposal - RFC - Qanat"

Niels Elgaard Larsen elgaard at agol.dk
Sat Jun 20 13:42:22 UTC 2020

Paul Allen:
> On Sat, 20 Jun 2020 at 13:17, Christoph Hormann <osm at imagico.de
> <mailto:osm at imagico.de>> wrote:
>     I think this is a good idea.  Both in the sense of establishing a distinct
>     tagging for it that does not engross qanats with other types of underground
>     waterways and in the sense of using a non-English and non-European term where the
>     most descriptive and clear term comes from a non-European language.
> I agree with you there.  Sort of.  English has no equivalent term because
> the UK has no equivalent structure.  But English has done what it always
> does with such things when it needs to refer to such things - it made them
> loan words. 

And we already have plenty of those:


> Qanat IS a word that appears in English dictionaries and it IS
> the British English name for such structures.  Some languages prefer
> to come up with new words of their own rather than borrow words from
> another language; English, being a mongrel tongue, has no such qualms.
>       We have other cases of such tags in OSM but still in a proposal process which
>     is dominantly discussed in English this is rare and kind of a litmus test for how
>     culturally diverse tagging in OSM can be and if the cultural geography of
>     non-European regions can be mapped in the classifications used locally just as we
>     are used to doing it in Europe and North America.
> We should definitely map things that do not physically occur in
> English-speaking parts of the world.  But we should use the British English
> name (which may or may not have been derived from the local name) to tag
> them.
> -- 
> Paul
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Niels Elgaard Larsen

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