Changing definition of German (was: Re: ISO 639-3 releases list of 2009 changes)

Doug Ewell doug at
Sat Jan 23 19:55:47 CET 2010

Mark Davis 🍵 <mark at macchiato dot com> wrote:

> I'm not making myself clear.
> If the argument is that ISO 639-3 can't make a change in X *because 
> **the Ethnologue says Y, *it doesn't hold water, because the 
> Ethnologue is neither part of nor normatively referenced by ISO 639-3.

To paraphrase myself from earlier, if ISO 639-3/RA is considering a 
change with which one or more of us disagrees -- say, hypothetically, 
converting 'deu' to a macrolanguage -- then we should lobby ISO 639-3/RA 
to reject the change request, not discuss it to death on this list 
before it has even been requested.

Please let's change the Subject line when appropriate.

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