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

Doug Ewell doug at
Sun Jan 24 03:10:33 CET 2010

Leif Halvard Silli <xn dash dash mlform dash iua at xn dash dash mlform 
dash iua dot no> wrote:

>>> It looks as if macrolanguages status is most often awarded to a code 
>>> which cover two or more "language instances" that aren't divided by 
>>> a border. That is: When there is no region tag to make the 
>>> distinction.
>> I doubt this, since it is ISO 639-3/RA that confers macrolanguage 
>> status, and region subtags aren't part of ISO 639-3.
> I did not mean to imply that there is a co-operation of any sort. I 
> just meant that if two languages goes under the same name, then they 
> are often found to exist within the same borders. Arabic, for 
> instance: In Egypt you find both standard Arabic and Egyptian Arabic.

But I don't see what this has to do with "awarding macrolanguage status" 
either.  The names of languages, by themselves, have little or nothing 
to do with whether they are encompassed by a macrolanguage.

Read John's reply again; I think you're looking for a relationship or 
causality which just isn't there.

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