John Cowan jcowan@reutershealth.com
Tue, 7 May 2002 13:43:33 -0400 (EDT)

Pavla &OR Francis Frazier scripsit:

> http://lcweb.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/iso639-2form.html :
> Evidence of sufficient number of documents to establish separate code
> per ISO 639-2 Annex A A.2.1 (request by one agency with 50 documents
> or five agencies with a total of 50 among them). Please cite name of
> institution(s) where documents are held and number at each. Example:
> Library of Congress (65) (Required)

You overlook the sentence

# Documents include all forms of material and is not limited to text.

from http://lcweb.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/iso639jac_n3r.html
which is the "Working principles for ISO 639 maintenance" document
and should take priority over the form.  This is still bibliographic
(broadly construed) in that it requires that a sufficient number of
films or videos or sound recordings be in one or more libraries; "mere"
conversational use of the language is not enough to provide an ISO tag
for it.

The RFC 3066 (IETF) process, OTOH, focuses on documents that
*define* the language, so that it is known, now and later, exactly
what language it is that's being tagged: given the existence
(by chance) of distinct languages with the same name, this
proviso is necessary.  The IETF process can also create tags for
language varieties (e.g. en-scouse is the Scouse dialect of
English spoken in Liverpool and environs), provided there is
some defining documentation, formal or informal.

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