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LINGUIST List 24.820

Thu Feb 14 2013

Confs: Computational Ling, Typology, Lang Documentation, Text/Corpus Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Anna Belew <annalinguistlist.org>

Date: 14-Feb-2013
From: Sebastian Drude <sebastian.drudempi.nl>
Subject: Meeting on ISO 639 (Language Codes)
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Meeting on ISO 639 Language Codes

Date: 27-Feb-2013 - 27-Feb-2013
Location: Honolulu, HI, USA
Contact: Sebastian Drude
Contact Email: sebastian.drudempi.nl

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology

Meeting Description:

Correct and unambiguous identification of languages, language families, language varieties and similar entities is becoming more and more important: the wealth of digital resources also in small and hitherto lesser known languages grows, and the importance of multilingual global communication increases every day.

However, the competent and already widely used standards of the International Standard Organization, ISO639, need an improved institutional, technical and procedural setting in order to cope with present and future requirements. ISO is prepared to change the settings, but someone who knows and cares about these issues has to come up with feasible proposals.

Therefore, we, the linguistic community, are given the opportunity to get (more) heavily involved if we want the codes, especially for varieties and families etc., but also for 'languages', to actually reflect reality as much as possible, and on the other hand remain pragmatic and usable.

Different initiatives worldwide such as the FROLIC project (proposed to DFG and NEH) are planning to contribute to an improved setting of the ISO standard. But this can only be successful if many specialists from all over the world participate. We invite therefore all linguists interested in improving the situation of language codes to join us in a pre-conference workshop meeting before the 3rd ICLDC in Honolulu. Please join us, learn about the plans, and discuss and enrich our proposals!

What: Meeting on ISO 639 (Language Codes)
When: Wednesday, Feb 27th 3:00pm-5:00pm
Where: The Ling conference room, Moore Hall 575, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
Who: All interested.

Organizing committee (not all will be present): Sebastian Drude, Helen Aristar-Dry, Anthony Aristar, Jost Gippert, Sebastian Nordhoff, Harald Hammarström, Lyle Campbell, and several others.
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