Change "Bengali" language name to "Bangla"

Michael Everson everson at
Mon Nov 23 13:21:43 CET 2015

On 23 Nov 2015, at 11:43, Mats Blakstad <mats.gbproject at> wrote:
> Is it possible to change the language name of Bengali within IANA language tag registry? Or does it need to be changed within ISO 639-3 first?
> "Bengali" is the English name used on Bangla language in colonial period.

“Bengali” is the English name. 

> "Bangla" is the name used by most native speaker.

And speakers of Bengali call English “Iṅreji”, if I have the g. And we call Japanese by that name, not “Nihongo”.

To answer your question, this would be a matter for ISO 639, and I doubt very much that they will make this change. It would surely open the floodgates for similar cosmetic requests. 

Michael Everson *

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