Criteria for languages?
cowan at ccil.org
Wed Dec 2 01:45:28 CET 2009
Randy Presuhn scripsit:
> 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??
The history of ISO 639 is the history of a rough-and-ready coding system
designed for bibliographers being subverted by linguists to their own
purposes. It doesn't matter to much *to bibliographers* if a book is
Latvian or Latgalian, at least not enough that they were willing to
change it within the framework of 639-2 (which is by intention bibliographic).
To others, it may matter quite a lot.
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