Criteria for languages?

Randy Presuhn randy_presuhn at
Wed Dec 2 01:01:40 CET 2009

Hi -

> From: "Peter Constable" <petercon at>
> To: "Randy Presuhn" <randy_presuhn at>; <ietf-languages at>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 3:45 PM
> Subject: RE: Criteria for languages?
> > I wonder whether treating Latgalian as a "marked form" (and making it a
> > variant of Latvian) would make sense.  Any thoughts from people who
> > speak either of them?
> Essentially, that is the status-quo position. The RA, evidently, is processing requests from users who feel this is not

Does anyone know why the MARC people decided that a single code would suffice
for both languages?  Is there no need to distinguish them for bibliographic purposes??
If the MARC folk somehow got it wrong (for purposes of language identification),
we should not be bound by that mistake.


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