petercon at microsoft.com
Wed Jun 16 21:28:38 CEST 2010
John Cowan wrote in two separate messages:
> "Macrolanguage" is not a Platonic category, but a rough and ready accommodation
> to the design of different coding standards, which reflect the different needs of
> various groups (very roughly, bibliographers vs. linguists).
> A macrolanguage is a group of language varieties which are treated as a single
> language for some purposes and as multiple languages for other purposes. That
> definition is intentionally broad so that it can cover many particular cases.
These are very good characterizations of what "macrolanguage" is ISO 639-3 is all about.
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