[Fwd]: Response to Mark's message]

Peter_Constable at sil.org Peter_Constable at sil.org
Wed Apr 9 18:26:37 CEST 2003

John Cowan wrote on 04/09/2003 01:00:09 PM:

> > ISO-639 fails miserably as unambiguous specification of written
language. I
> > realize that the proponents of ISO-639 don't even want it to apply to
> > written language.
> Au contraire: the requirements for ISO 639 languages are precisely the
> existence of written documents in public repositories

Actually, John, ISO 639 doesn't specify anywhere that the documents have to
be *written* documents (as I heard pointed out by Rebecca Guenther of LOC).
Mark is, I believe, correct.

- Peter

Peter Constable

Non-Roman Script Initiative, SIL International
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