ISO 639 JAC decision re mo/mol
cowan at ccil.org
Tue Nov 4 16:30:49 CET 2008
Doug Ewell scripsit:
> "Romanian" as currently used in Romania is overwhelmingly written in
> Latin. "Moldovan" or "Moldavian" as used in Moldova (a different
> dialect of the Romanian language, as now recognized by the RA) is
> primarily, but not exclusively, written in Latin. Moldovan (Romanian)
> as used in Transnistria is primarily, perhaps even overwhelmingly,
> written in Cyrillic. Historical Romanian from Romania is written in
This analysis is correct as far as it goes, but it is not quantitative.
I'll conservatively assume that only people of Romanian or Moldovan
nationality speak Romanian/Moldovan, although this is certainly false.
The population of Romania (2002) is 21.70 million, with 90% of them
ethnic Romanians, providing 19.53 million speakers. The population
of Moldova exclusive of Transnistria (2004) is 3.38 million, with 76%
of them ethnic Moldovans, providing 2.56 million speakers. Finally,
the population of Transnistria (2004) is 0.55 million, with only 32% of
them ethnic Moldovans (the rest are almost all Russians or Ukrainians,
which is one reason why Transnistria is breakaway), providing 0.17
So we are dealing with a total of 22.26 million speakers of
Romanian/Moldovan, of which a full 99% are using Latin script in Romania
and Moldova, versus only 1% using Cyrillic script in Transnistria.
I call that overwhelming.
> Thus: the overall language that will be represented by 'ro', in its
> various flavors, is not overwhelmingly written in any one script, and
> consequently the existing Suppress-Script for 'ro' will no longer be
> appropriate and should be removed.
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