request for subtag for Elfdalian

Mats Blakstad mats.gbproject at
Fri Jan 22 00:31:50 CET 2016

It looks like SiL have a "wait and see attitude" to give Övdalian/Elfdalian
a language code.
You can read the full statement about it here:

My question is how this can best be dealt with now. Should we again apply
for a subtag that might be retired again later?

2015-08-05 0:50 GMT+02:00 Mats Blakstad <mats.gbproject at>:

> Thanks!
> It should say:
> “alv” or ”ovd” or “elf”
> The last two suggestions are missing. I've told them about this now if
> they can correct it.
> 2015-08-05 0:35 GMT+02:00 Doug Ewell <doug at>:
>> Mats Blakstad <mats dot gbproject at gmail dot com> wrote:
>> > I just want to make you aware that I've submitted an application to
>> > register Elfdalian/Övdalian in the ISO 639-3 standard, together with
>> > 10 Scandinavian linguistics:
>> >
>> Thanks for the update.
>> One comment:
>> > f) Preferred three letter identifier, if available: “alv” or ”
>> [alv] is the ISO 639-5 code element for "Atlantic-Congo languages."
>> Since all parts of ISO 639 share the same three-letter code space, this
>> code element is not available. If the RA approves your request, they'll
>> pick something different, or you might want to suggest [ovd] for
>> Övdalian, which is available.
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