ISO 639 name change: Songhai languages

John Cowan cowan at
Fri Jan 5 19:01:51 CET 2007

CE Whitehead scripsit:

> There are perhaps some politics involved in say determining whether English 
> is a macrolanguage for Scouse, Cockney, etc. or whether these are just 
> dialects.

Probably not.  With Geordie, you might have a case.  :-)

A macrolanguage is a group of language varieties which are not mutually
intelligible, but which are treated as a single language for certain purposes.
Arabic and Chinese, as I mentioned, are typical examples.

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