ISO 639 and other language identifiers

Havard Hjulstad
Tue, 7 May 2002 12:16:12 +0200

I believe that some level of "family" or "hierarchy" information will be
extremely useful, and not too controversial. Language identifiers that gives
you a language name only, without actually identifying which language you
are talking about, certainly has its limitations!

Havard Hjulstad

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Subject: Re: ISO 639 and other language identifiers

On 05/06/2002 07:11:21 PM John Cowan wrote:

>> 2. Not only the "languages", but also the nodes in the language
>>    family trees need to be registered.

>Doesn't work.  There is far less agreement on family trees even than
>there is on languages

Perhaps it might not be too controversial if only the lower family-tree
nodes (i.e., those corresponding to more recent points in historical
reconstruction) were included, and not the higher-level (more
chronologically distant) nodes.

- Peter

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