Results of Duplicate Busters Survey #1
doug at ewellic.org
Mon Aug 25 15:05:29 CEST 2008
Here are the results of Survey #1, in which I asked what to do about
duplicate names in the core standards, which we adopt as Description
fields and in which duplication within a record type would therefore be
For the language subtags for Hebrew, Indonesian, Javanese, and Yiddish,
the region subtag for "Private use", and the grandfathered tag for
Hakka, I recommended no change, since these are not the cases in which
duplication poses a problem. Nobody argued against this. I did change
the text "PRIVATE USE" from uppercase to sentence case, again without
objection (although Kent Karlsson had originally expressed preference
for all-lowercase "private use").
For the language subtags for Aruá, Awa, Borna, and Murik, ISO 639-3/RA
has made the appropriate changes in their database and posted them to
their Downloads page, so we have no action item there either.
That leaves only the Dimli/Kirmanjki situation, which might have been
handled by ISO 639-3 as well but was not. To summarize, "Dimli" and
"Kirmanjki" are the only names assigned to ISO 639-3 code elements 'diq'
and 'kiu' respectively, but they are also alternative names for the code
element 'zza' whose reference name is "Zaza."
Below is the original text I wrote on July 30, proposing that these
names be disambiguated in the Registry. I'd like to ask ISO 639-3 to
consider making this change in the source; if they do not, I'd like
feedback from the lists on making the change in the Registry, a solution
which has not sat well with many list participants in the past.
---copied from earlier post---
--> REPLACE WITH: Description: Dimli (individual language)
--> REPLACE WITH: Description: Kirmanjki (individual language)
--> REPLACE WITH: Description: Dimli (macrolanguage)
--> REPLACE WITH: Description: Kirmanjki (macrolanguage)
These three cases are handled together due to their commonality. Both
Dimli and Kirmanjki are individual languages encompassed within Zaza,
which may also be called Dimli or Kirmanjki, neatly exemplifying the
concept of a macrolanguage. The strings "individual language" and
"macrolanguage" are used extensively in 639-3 for this purpose; see, for
Doug Ewell * Thornton, Colorado, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14
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