Appeal to ISO 639 RA in support of Elfdalian

Mats Blakstad mats.gbproject at
Sat Mar 5 13:05:27 CET 2016

Could we wrap up this letter and send it? And how long deadline will you
give the RA?

2016-03-04 2:58 GMT+01:00 John Cowan <cowan at>:

> Peter Constable scripsit:
> > I’m guessing that there are analogies for Elfdalian: that you can’t
> > dispute that Swedish has a dominant, sociolinguistic impact even in
> > regions where Elfdalian is spoken in terms of its role in education,
> > inter-regional commerce and national media; yet that Elfdalian is
> > linguistically distinct enough and has its own sociolinguistic status
> > within the community, the combination giving enough viability that it
> > will not be absorbed by Swedish in all communication roles, and should
> > not be deemed that way.
> Exactly so.
> --
> John Cowan        cowan at
> If I have seen farther than others, it is because they are closer than
> I am. --Noetica
> Noetica’s standing on the shoulders of galahs.  --Gibbon
> Better than standing on the shoulders of hobyahs (not to be confused
> with hobbits, though some have done so).  --me
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