New item in ISO 639-2 - Zaza

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Aug 23 09:08:28 CEST 2006

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> Well, now THIS is interesting.  ISO/DIS 639-3 has no code element "zza", 
> but it does have "diq" for Dimli and "kiu" for Kirmanjki (both listed as 
> languages of Turkey).  So it appears we have a case where the same 
> language(s) is (are) represented by different code elements in 639-2 and 
> 639-3.

Ow.  Ow ow ow ow ow.

The Right Thing is probably for 639-3 to make "zza" a macrolanguage
covering Dimli and Kirmanjki.

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