Macrolanguages (was: Re: BCP 47)

Doug Ewell doug at
Tue Mar 12 02:02:46 CET 2013

John Cowan wrote:

>> With about 59 million speakers, Yue obviously was intended to be
>> included within "Chinese" in these standards. According to Mark's
>> analysis, this implies that bibliographic needs trumped all other
>> language identification considerations.
> Well, on its face 639-2 was designed for and by bibliographers.

And terminologists, who were also largely responsible for 639-1, which 
also has only one code element for Chinese.

But anyway.

Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, USA | @DougEwell ­

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