New language subtags 'nlq' and 'nqq' (was: Re: Code elements in tab files but not on Web site)

Doug Ewell doug at
Fri Jul 27 21:48:21 CEST 2012

Two of the proposed new language subtags, 'nlq' for Lao Naga and 'nqq' 
for Kyan-Karyaw Naga, are noted in the registration forms as being 
undocumented on the ISO 639-3 side.

Below is the explanation from the Melinda Lyons of the ISO 639-3 
Registration Authority concerning these two. Based on her explanation, I 
am comfortable with registering them now in the IANA Language Subtag 
Registry, but if anyone feels differently, please speak up.

Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA | @DougEwell ­

-----Original Message----- 
From: ISO639-3
Sent: Friday, July 27, 2012 13:17
To: Doug Ewell
Subject: Re: Code elements in tab files but not on Web site

Dear Doug,

Thank you for pointing out this discrepancy. The two codes and languages 
will be registered officially in the 2012 cycle. (They are nos. -049 
and -050.)

To explain: these two languages were originally requested to be split 
off another language in Myanmar. But the paperwork didn't show that they 
had been recognized before as dialects or in any other way. In the 
discussions of the review committee, they originally accepted the 
changes, but then reconsidered and decided to ask the requester to 
resubmit them as completely new languages. Because the first meetings 
had them accepted, the database got them as part of the codeset. Codes 
do not get removed unless there is a split or retire recorded for them.

So, I did not realize that they had been incorporated in the data set.

They will definitely be accepted in the 2012 cycle. For your purposes do 
I need to remove them now, or can they remain for the 5 months until the 
review for 2012?

Melinda Lyons
ISO 639-3 RA
SIL International
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.
Dallas, TX 75236

On Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:17:38 -0600
"Doug Ewell" <doug at> wrote:
>Hi Melinda,
>While preparing (finally) the set of changes to the IANA Language 
>Subtag Registry to account for the 2011 ISO 639-3 changes, I discovered 
>the following two code elements, which have been present in the 
>downloadable *.tab files since 2012-02-06 (code set) and 2012-02-03 
>(name index), but are not documented on the Web site:
>nlq — Lao Naga
>nqq — Kyan-Karyaw Naga
>These code elements also do not appear in the 2011 summary of change 
>Please let me know if they are there intentionally and officially.
>Thank you,
>Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA
> | @DougEwell ­

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