Registrations from ISO 639-3: Part I
arthur.reutenauer at normalesup.org
Thu Feb 9 13:18:12 CET 2017
>> This registration tracks a change made to ISO 639-3 effective
>> 2017-01-31, retiring the code element 'rie' for Rien as non-existent.
> I guess Rien ne va plus....
The name struck me too :-) The rationale for retiring the code (see
http://www-01.sil.org/iso639-3/cr_files/2016-005.pdf) is no less
The name for this purported language apparently came from the
1954 listing from David Thomas. Most linguists in Southeast
Asia have not heard of this language. The Ethnologue seems to
be the sole source of information on this group. Perhaps David
Thomas confused Rien [rie] with the Eastern Bru [bru] dialect
called Leun or Leung and listed it as a new language. More
likely is the possibility that David Thomas got confused with a
village name. The only reference for Rien [rie] in Glottolog
2.6 is Schliesinger (2003). However, Schliesinger’s book points
right back to the 13th edition of the Ethnologue.
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