In message <[log in to unmask]> "Milicent K Wewerka" writes,
re: Walloon language (dialect) (iso639.382)
> Peter Constable mentions that Ethnologue will recognize Walloon as a
> separate language. While that is certainly a factor to consider, I have
> found that Ethnologue is very generous in awarding "language" status to
> what many would consider dialects. ISO needs to consider other factors
It should be noted that the number of publications in Walloon (some by
prominent writers) certainly is well in excess of the 50 specified in
ISO 639-2, in an orthography, style, and language considerably
different to standard French, so it's a more than obvious candidate.
It's as different from French as "nds" - Lower German/Lower Saxon
(recently approved by the ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committe) - is to
standard High German.
I'm not sure what took SIL so long over this one - probably a
Note also that Walloon as a language is now getting a certain amount
of government support.
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