Criteria for languages?

John Cowan cowan at
Tue Dec 1 18:29:10 CET 2009

Peter Constable scripsit:

> If the denotation of "lav" were changed to explicitly exclude Latgalian
> (which would be necessary if its scope is not set to macrolanguage),
> then an unknown number of librarians will have broken data. It would
> be irresponsible of the ISO 639-RA/JAC to do such a thing, IMO.

Quite so.

In that case, the issue for us is: do we recommend that people continue
to use "lav" for Latvian proper, or that they adopt the new subtag?

John Cowan   cowan at
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