Dear Mr Atulobi,
As to language identifier for Igbo, the current status is as follows:
The two-letter identifier "ig" was finalized in 1999, and will be included
in ISO 639-1 (it is included in the DIS document that has been approved).
The two-letter identifier may be considered standardized, even though it has
not yet been published in an International Standard.
The three-letter identifier "ibo" was included in ISO 639-2:1998.
It is correct that Yoruba and Hausa were included in ISO 639:1988, while
Igbo was not. The new 639-1, which is in effect a revision of 639:1988, has
included Igbo as well as many other languages that were omitted in the 1988
I hope this is an adequate answer to you question.
(PS Please note that my email address is incorrect in the original reply
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: KERSTIN BUELOW [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2000 7:35 AM
> To: Ugboaku Atulobi
> Cc: EDITH LECHNER; CORD WISCHHOEFER
> Subject: Reply: A Language ISO code is needed for Igbo
> Dear Mr Atulobi,
> Thank you for your e-mail of yesterday. You have contacted the ISO 3166
> Maintenance Agency which is responsible for the International Standard ISO
> 3166 and its different parts. These parts deal with COUNTRY Codes and NOT
> with LANGUAGE Codes.
> Therefore, we ask you to contact Mr Galinski (e-mail:
> [log in to unmask]) or Mr Havard Hjulstad (e-mail:
> [log in to unmask]) who are responsible for ISO 639 (alpha-2 Language
> Codes) or Ms Rebecca Guenther, Library of Congress (e-mail: [log in to unmask]),
> responsible for ISO 639-2:1998 (alpha-3 Language Codes).
> Kind regards,
> Kerstin Buelow
> for the ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency
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> Tel: + 49/30/26 01-28 60
> >>> Ugboaku Atulobi <[log in to unmask]> 30.08.2000 23.13 Uhr >>>
> I was quite surprised to see that one of the major languages in
> Nigeria (Igbo) did not have an ISO Language code while the other two major
> langauges in Nigeria, Hausa and Yoruba had ISO Language codes.
> If you do your research, you will find out that there are three not
> two major languages in Nigeria. Once that is confirmed, I am suggesting
> the ISO Language code for IGBO be IG.
> Thank you
> Ugboaku Atulobi
> Software Design Engineer(HR Division)
> Concur Technologies Inc.