> At 08:50 +0000 2001-03-05, John Clews wrote:
> >In passing, I note that SIL calls it "Swahili, Zaire" or similar,
> >though I suspect that differences betweeen Kingwana and Swahili in
> >East Africa may well be greater than for some of the other languages
> >for which separate codes exist in ISO 639-2.
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org> Michael Everson
writes via [log in to unmask]:
> Why specifically do you "suspect" this? I mean, what are the
> criteria you're thinking of?
Just, for example, the amount of contact and distance between
Kinshasa and Dar-es-Salaam, on the one hand, compared with distances
and the amount of contact between Belgrade, Zagreb and Sarajevo, on
the other hand, for example.
It seems logical to assume greater differences in the former case
than the latter case, that's all, but I have no hard evidence either
way, which is why I raise the question. I'm not proposing any changes
to any part of ISO 639.
If anyone has information on similarity or not, between Kingwana in
Democratic Congo, and Swahili in East Africa, I'd be grateful for any
John Clews, SESAME Computer Projects, 8 Avenue Rd, Harrogate, HG2 7PG
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