Re "no" vs. "nb" and "nn"

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at
Tue Mar 18 06:44:51 CET 2008

I have asked a friend of mine who is Norwegian to comment. His answer is
that Karen is absolutely correct in her assessment. As the ISO-639-6 will
provide a hierarchical structure and it will also use the codes as they
exist in the other ISO-639 version. I expect as a consequence the following

no Norwegian
**** Norwegian written          -  **** Norwegian spoken (four character
code unavailable at this time)
bo Bokmal - nn Nynorsk

When these are the facts, what argument would there be to have it otherwise?


On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 2:18 AM, John Cowan <cowan at> wrote:

> Karen_Broome at scripsit:
> > This continues to make me somewhat uncomfortable with what we've done
> with
> > extlang, but I think that ship sailed while I was out buying bait.
> In the case of no vs. nb vs. nn, the ship sailed from ISO 639-1/2 way
> before any of us could do anything about it.  The older forms no-bok
> and no-nyn are still available, though deprecated.
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