Alsatian answer from LOC

Karen_Broome at Karen_Broome at
Sat Feb 23 00:36:05 CET 2008

I did send on an additional note with a URL to the Ethnologue site, 
particularly drawing their attention to the comments field at the top of 
the entry. But as you note, this was already on the application I 
submitted and doesn't seem to be considered "reputable." While we're still 
finding errors in Ethnologue, I haven't seen anything that addresses the 
same subject as completely as it does. If there is something better out 
there, I haven't seen it.


Karen Broome

"Frank Ellermann" <nobody at> 
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Re: Alsatian answer from LOC

Karen Broome wrote:

> For what it's worth.... Read entire thread.


 [Rebecca S. Guenther wrote:]
>| But if some may consider "Alsatian" to be an alternate name by
>| which they refer to the language coded as "gsw", then we would
>| add it. We are not certain that indeed this is the case, so
>| would ask that you give evidence that "Alsatian" is used by
>| some group of people as a language name rather than the name
>| of a dialect within that language.

>| If you could provide a citation from a reputable source that
>| states that indeed this is the case, we can add it as an 
>| alternate name.

A challenge.  I found a reputable source cited by the DGLFLF on
mentioning "dialecte allemand d'Alsace et de Moselle" on

That would de-FR-alsacien instead of gsw-FR, therefore it's not
what we want.  Why do the ISO 639-2 folks reject ISO 639-3 info
as second reputable source ? 


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