ISO 639 JAC decision re mo/mol

John Cowan cowan at
Mon Nov 3 16:30:27 CET 2008

Lang Gérard scripsit:

> How is it possible that this language name, that passed all criteria to
> be recognized inside ISO 639[-1] and ISO 639-2 during 20 or 10 years,
> has now to be deprecated ?

In a word, because political realities have finally caught up to
linguistic ones: the constitution may say "Moldovan language", but the
Moldovan language academy recognizes the facts on the ground, which are
that Moldovan is Romanian.

But that, he realized, was a foolish            John Cowan
thought; as no one knew better than he          cowan at
that the Wall had no other side.      
        --Arthur C. Clarke, "The Wall of Darkness"

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