Appeal to ISO 639 RA in support of Elfdalian

Kent Karlsson kent.karlsson14 at
Tue Apr 26 00:44:18 CEST 2016

Note, however, that **modern** Dalecarlian is a (slight) dialect of
**modern** Swedish. (The situation several hundred years ago was of
course different.)

/Kent K

Den 2016-04-26 00:38, skrev "Michael Everson" <everson at>:

> To add to the appeal:

The Ethnologue previously had a code ³dlc² for what one
> may suppose could now be described as a ³macrolanguage², Dalecarlian. The code
> ³dlc² was removed when ISO 639-3 was implemented. The concept of
> "macrolanguage² can be very useful where it indicates, for instance, an
> orthography that is intended to serve a number of closely-related languages.
> N¹Ko is an example: a compromise literary dialect used by a speakers of a
> number of Manden languages. In the case of the area called Dalecarlia, there
> are a number of dialects related to Elfdalian, but research has shown that all
> of those have very small numbers of speakers, and that none of them has
> established language associations or attempted revitalization activities.
> Mutual intelligibility between these dialects is closer than some of the
> speakers would probably credit if asked. There is no ³Dalecarlian² per se,
> however, and Elfdalian will likely prove to be a magnet in the event that
> speakers of the other dialects aim for revitalization. In any case, only one
> three-letter code has been requested, for one language in active use. Other
> codes can be added later for other languages if required.
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