ISO 639-3 changes, part 3

Doug Ewell doug at
Fri Feb 12 05:16:56 CET 2010

Kent Karlsson <kent dot karlsson14 at comhem dot se> wrote:

>> (So Caló, for example, did not "have its code changed" as some might 
>> believe; the new Caló has a narrower meaning than the old one.)
> Yes, but that is not clear from:
>> This registration tracks a change made to ISO 639-3 effective 
>> 2010-01-20, splitting the code element 'rmr' for Caló into two new 
>> code elements, 'emx' (Erromintxela) and 'rmq' (a new identifier for 
>> Caló).
> "for Caló proper", "for Caló with out including the related language 
> Erromintxela", or some such clarification should be given.
> (Similarly for other similar cases.)

Saying that I took the "new identifier" phrasing and emphasis (or lack) 
directly from the 639-3 documentation is no defense.  Kent is right; the 
remark in the registration form is confusing.  I'll fix these, probably 
using Kent's second example.

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