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LINGUIST List 21.428

Tue Jan 26 2010

FYI: ISO 639-3 2009 Series Change Request Outcomes Announced

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        1.    Joan Spanne, ISO 639-3 2009 Series Change Request Outcomes Announced

Message 1: ISO 639-3 2009 Series Change Request Outcomes Announced
Date: 26-Jan-2010
From: Joan Spanne <ISO639-3sil.org>
Subject: ISO 639-3 2009 Series Change Request Outcomes Announced
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In the 2009 series of change requests, 89 requests have been considered,
recommending 137 explicit changes in the code set. Eleven of the requests
are still pending. Of the 78 requests that have been decided, eight have
been rejected, five have been partially adopted, and 65 have been fully
approved, entailing 83 explicit changes made in the code set. New
tab-delimited files are available on the Download page, here:

The outcomes of the remaining 7 will be announced and incorporated into the
code set in the coming weeks. A list of the change requests still pending
may be viewed in the Change request index (new 2009 series requests will
also begin appearing on that page), found here:

The 83 approved changes (as of 2010-01-20) can be analyzed as follows:

Retirements: 19
- 8 merged languages;
- 9 split languages, resulting in 20 new language code elements (net gain
of 11);
- 2 retirements of a code elements representing language sub-families whose
constituents were already present in code set.

Completely new language identifiers: 14 newly created code elements for
languages not previously associated with another language in the standard.

Updates: 47
- 37 name updates, either change to a name form or addition of a name form;
- 7 denotation updates of languages into which other varieties were merged;
- 21 macrolanguage group update;
- 2 new macrolanguage groups (existing individual language changed in scope
to macrolanguage).

A complete report of the 2009 series of changes is available as .pdf for

All past change requests are retained permanently on this website. A past
change request may be found through its change request number:

or through the documentation page of an affected code element:

See also information about code set management and the change process:

Please also note that change requests for 2010 are now being accepted. For
more information, please visit:

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