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LINGUIST List 18.2275

Mon Jul 30 2007

FYI: ISO 639-3 Change Request 2006 series outcomes

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        1.    Joan Spanne, ISO 639-3 Change Request 2006 series outcomes

Message 1: ISO 639-3 Change Request 2006 series outcomes
Date: 27-Jul-2007
From: Joan Spanne <iso639-3sil.org>
Subject: ISO 639-3 Change Request 2006 series outcomes
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The review period for the 2006 series of Change Requests ended June 30. Of
the 120 requests considered, seven are still pending, because either they
affect code elements included in both ISO 639-2 and 639-3 or additional
information has come to light which requires further analysis. Of the
decisions finalized:

11 code elements are retired as having been duplicates of another language
(2), determined to be nonexistent (2), or merged into another code as being
mutually intelligible varieties of the same language (7);
4 code elements have undergone a broadening in their denotation due to
merges with other language varieties;
8 code elements have been split into two or more distinct languages,
accounting for the creation of 24 new code elements (net gain of 16
individual languages);
49 entirely new language code elements have been created for languages not
previously accounted for in the standard. Of these, 11 are ancient languages;
47 code elements have undergone name changes and/or additions without any
change in denotation.

A summary report of changes and outcomes may be viewed and downloaded as a
PDF document. Please see http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/default.asp for more
information and a link to the summary report.

The 2007 series of change requests is now visible via the Change Request
Index, http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/chg_requests.asp, which permits sorting
in various ways and has links to specific documentation for each change
being proposed. Proposals for 2007 will be accepted up until September 1,
2007, and will be formally under review from September 15 - December 15.
Outcomes will be announced for these proposals in January 2008. Proposals
received after September 1 will be a part of the 2008 series of Change
Requests, and will await formal review from September 15 - December 15, 2008.

Thank you,

Joan Spanne

ISO 639-3/RA
SIL International
7500 W Camp Wisdom Rd
Dallas, TX 75236

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Genetic Classification; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics

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