Fifth batch of ISO 639-3 modifications

Doug Ewell doug at
Tue Sep 3 02:49:27 CEST 2013

CE Whitehead wrote:

> I have a question on 'pnl'.
> ...
>>  Type: language
>>   Subtag: pnl
>>   Description: Paleni
> ...
> Should not you also say, "See also 'wbf'"?
> At
> It says:
> "Formerly considered to be a dialect of Wara [wbf], was determined to
> be a distinct language after survey in 1994 and 1996. See following
> extracts:
> ...

Adding this comment would seem to encourage a user who has already found 
the correct subtag for Paleni to go back and consider another subtag 
which is actually incorrect, or at least less correct. One might make 
the case that, on the contrary, 'wbf' should have a comment reminding 
the user about 'pnl'.

The relationship between Paleni and Wara appeared only in the change 
request form, which is input to the RA's process. There was no change to 
'wbf' in ISO 639-3, not even a mention of a change in denotation.

Nevertheless, because this is only a harmless, non-normative Comments 
field, and because it is perceived as important to capture the original 
requester's intent, below are an updated record and registration form 
for Paleni.


File-Date: 2013-09-10
Type: language
Subtag: pnl
Description: Paleni
Added: 2013-09-10
Comments: see also wbf



1. Name of requester: Doug Ewell
2. E-mail address of requester: doug at

3. Record Requested:

   Type: language
   Subtag: pnl
   Description: Paleni
   Comments: see also wbf

4. Intended meaning of the subtag:

5. Reference to published description of the language (book or article):

6. Any other relevant information:

   This registration tracks a change made to ISO 639-3 effective
   2013-05-20, adding the code element 'pnl' for Paleni.

   For more information on the ISO 639-3 change, refer to:

Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, USA | @DougEwell ­ 

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