Frisian mess (was "Conditional GET" now broken ...)

Doug Ewell doug at
Fri Jul 25 04:40:06 CEST 2008

John Cowan <cowan at ccil dot org> wrote:

>> What action were we supposed to take with regard to 'frs' and 'stq'? 
>> I don't remember any proposal forms, just a general suggestion that 
>> ISO 639 got some classification wrong.
> The trouble is that Ethnologue's description of frs contains a random 
> mixture of facts about frs and facts about stq.  This confusion goes 
> back to the 14th edition, which did not clearly distinguish between 
> them.

Right, but my question was, what are WE supposed to do about this?  I'm 
sure you'll agree it's not our mission to use the Registry to fix 
perceived errors in either Ethnologue or ISO 639.  We can alert SIL or 
the JAC, of course, and if they make a change we will reflect it, but 
they have to make the change first.

In any case, this was a non-issue since Frank was talking about two 
different items: the Moldavian/Moldovan change, which is now in the 
Registry, and the Frisian mix-up, about which he included a link in his 
post but didn't expect us to take any action.

Doug Ewell  *  Thornton, Colorado, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14  ˆ

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