Runyakitara (RE: New item in ISO 639-2 - Zaza)

Don Osborn dzo at
Thu Aug 24 15:37:06 CEST 2006

What are the guidelines and expert opinions re getting ISO-639 codes for an
engineered standard version of a set of very closely related tongues? A
prime example is Runyakitara in western Uganda. 


What sort of provisions will the evolving ISO-639 system have for cases
where language planning (called by one source a “resurgent” field) leads to
active steps to develop such standard language versions for use in
education, ICT, etc. ?


More info on Runyakitara with some links is at (this is
a wiki page – the password for editing is Africa ). This is one of a number
of languages (or clusters) for which information for localization is being
gathered at .


Thanks in advance for any feedback.




Don Osborn, Ph.D.         dzo at

*Bisharat! A language, technology & development initiative

*Bisharat! Initiative langues - technologie - développement


*PanAfrican Localisation Project

*Projet panafricain sur la localisation (new domain coming)

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