[Fwd]: Response to Mark's message]

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Wed Apr 9 22:27:16 CEST 2003

Peter_Constable at sil.org scripsit:

> 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.


Are there in fact any unwritten languages in ISO 639?  Or even any written
languages that appear there because there are so many non-textual documents
in the language in order to justify its presence?

John Cowan           http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              cowan at ccil.org
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There
are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language
that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
        --_The Hobbit_

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