3066ter (Re: Guernsey Jersey and Isle of Man ISO 3166-1 Codes)

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Mon Apr 10 18:10:54 CEST 2006

Harald Alvestrand scripsit:

> in one of my more crotchety moods, I'm inclined to claim that if 
> someone's unwilling to type or tape 50 samples of a language and send 
> these off to five different institutions, that person shouldn't waste 
> the time of the rest of the world in pushing for his language to have a 
> tag this week rather than a year or two from now......... ie I'd say 
> that if a real need exists, and the proposer has already managed to pass 
> through whatever minefield guards the access to 639-3 registration, 
> he'll find a way.....

I tend to agree (reading "639-2" for "639-3"), but we'll have to await events.

> For the tags that have failed to meet whatever criteria 639-3 sets for 
> language tags, but are still seen as valuable (if such a beast can 
> exist) variant registration seems like a reasonable course to recommend.

Here I can't agree.  A language isn't a variant just because it hasn't
gone through the 639-2 process, and Gagauz in particular isn't a variant
of any other language, though it does belong to the Turkic language *family*.

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