ISO 639 and other language identifiers
Tue, 7 May 2002 21:21:02 -0500

On 05/07/2002 06:59:00 PM Caoimhin O Donnaile wrote:

>I see that the analysis at:
>maps nds to SXN - although I wouldn't be too sure (maybe there is
>some way of checking?) whether this narrow definition is what was
>in mind when nds was registered in ISO 639-2 two years ago.

Gary and I had no way to be sure what the intended denotation of any ISO
639-2 code was. The only clues we had to go by were French- and
English-language names, and whatever we might be able to glean from the
MARC Language Code List.. In the end, our choices were determined to a very
large extent by the principles that we adopted regarding how our mapping
choices should be made. Those principles are reflected in a paper I
presented at IUC 20, a copy of which is available from the same part of the
Ethnologue site.

- Peter

Peter Constable

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