Language Identifier List Comments, updated

John Cowan jcowan at
Mon Dec 27 19:38:22 CET 2004

Peter Constable scripsit:

> If you want to refer to Standard Arabic, use "ar". If Standard Arabic
> has a Sudan-specific variant (dialect or spelling differences), then use
> ar-SD. If what is intended is the vernacular Sudanese Spoken Arabic
> (perceived as a distinct language from Standard Arabic or the spoken
> varieties in other countries), then ISO 639-3 will provide a distinct
> alpha-3 ID, and I suggest that people wait to use that.

Eh?  Has the decision to make "ar" a macro-language been changed?

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