Dear 639 JAC members,
The message below was sent to the list on 22 February 2000. I have received
no negative comments. I therefore assume that these five identifiers have
been accepted. They are included in the current 639-1 table (in the MS
Access database, which I am constantly "playing with" and updating, and
which I upload once in a while to http://www.rtt.org/Iso639-1/ISO639.mdb -
correct case is important; the database may be downloaded; and additional
data relevant to the database is most welcome!).
Håvard Hjulstad mailto:[log in to unmask]
Rådet for teknisk terminologi
(Norwegian Council for Technical Terminology)
Postboks 41 Blindern
NO-0313 Oslo, Norway
(besøksadresse/visiting address: Forskningsveien 3 B)
tel: +47-23198040 faks: +47-23198041
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Håvard Hjulstad
> Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2000 2:26 PM
> To: 639-JAC-LIST; 639-JACo-jclew; 639-JACo-mever
> Cc: Håvard Hjulstad
> Subject: Five 639-1 identifiers
> Dear all,
> Thank you for a very good meeting in Washinton DC!
> I am starting to do the job that I promised at the meeting. There are five
> items that were included in 639-1 at the meeting, or that were included
> before, but with identifiers that should be changed (all these items were
> NOT in 639:1988, so technically these changes don't cause any formal
> I will here propose five identifiers. I would suggest that all voting
> members respond on the list to this by replying to this message and
> stating "yes to all", or whatever each finds desireable.
> Avestan : ae : Identifier in 639-2: ave. Proposal in 639-1 DIS: fv (in
> annex C). New proposal: ae. It is an ancient Iranian language with much
> Herero : hz : Identifier in 639-2: her. Proposal in 639-1 DIS: oh. This
> proposal was based on the indigenous name "otshiherero". However, JAC
> decided that prefixes of this nature will not be used for a basis of
> assigning identifiers. All the identifiers "he", "hr", and "ho" are taken,
> and my new proposal is: hz.
> Kwanyama / Kuanyama : kj : Identifier in 639-2: kua. Proposal in 639-1
> DIS: ok. Indigenous name "oshikwanyama". Same reason for change as above.
> All the identifiers "ku", "kw", "ka", "kn", "ky", and "km" are taken, and
> my new proposal is: kj.
> Ndonga : ng : Identifier in 639-2: ndo. Proposal in 639-1 DIS: on.
> Indigenous name "oshindonga". Same reason for change as above. Both "nd"
> and "no" are taken. New proposal: ng.
> Ndebele : In 639-1 DIS there is one item "Ndebele" (identifier nd). In
> 639-2, however, there are two items, "South Ndebele" (identifier nbl), and
> "North Ndebele" (identifier nde). 639:1988 does not contain any of these
> items. JAC decided to split into two even in 639-1, since there are good
> linguistic reasons not to keep them as one entry. It was decided:
> North Ndebele : nd : This language gets the identifier that was previously
> proposed for the generic item in 639-1 DIS.
> South Ndebele : nr : Identifier in 639-2: nbl. All identifiers "nd", "ne",
> "nb", and "nl" are taken. One possibility might be "ns". However, as
> pointed out by Mr John Clews, a variant of the name in South Ndebele is
> "Nrebele". My new proposal is therefore: nr.
> Best regards,
> Håvard Hjulstad
> Håvard Hjulstad mailto:[log in to unmask]
> Rådet for teknisk terminologi
> (Norwegian Council for Technical Terminology)
> Postboks 41 Blindern
> NO-0313 Oslo, Norway
> (besøksadresse/visiting address: Forskningsveien 3 B)
> tel: +47-23198040 faks: +47-23198041