Wikimedia language codes

David Starner prosfilaes at
Sun Nov 12 19:55:45 CET 2006

On 11/12/06, Gerard Meijssen <gerardm at> wrote:
> Often it is claimed that they have applied for recognition
> for their language. It does not make sense to request it from anyone but
> Ethnologue as the ISO-639-2 is at its end of life.

As far as I know, ISO-639-2 is not at the end of its life. It's merely
reached maturity. They continue to register new codes every so often,
and they are the place to register codes from.

> When you start off from zh as the basis you insist on and equally
> the people who write Min-Nan without exception use Latn, the code
> zh-nan-Latn is not logical at all. NB these are really active projects.

Why is it not logical? It means exactly what it says. I see no reason
to stress over the occasional tag that's not as consise as they could

>     * A list with the all the ISO-639 codes (1, 2 and 3) and the codes
>       that these languages have under RFC 4646.

Why didn't you look it up on Wikipedia? At the bottom of [[ISO 639-2]]
there is a link to
<> and [[ISO
639-3]] points out that it's still a draft standard, but Ethnologue
has a list of the draft codes. The RFC 4646 codes for all the ISO
639-1 and ISO 639-2 languages is the same as the codes in ISO 639-1
and ISO 639-2.

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