I will need to look back in my files, but I recall that when we harmonized
with UKMARC a few years ago they did an analysis of the language codes
that were in UKMARC and not in MARC 21 that were needed. This was not one
that they requested. I will see if I can find anything further.
On Thu, 23 Jun 2005, John Clews wrote:
> When will any part of ISO 639 list Ulster Scots? I couldn't find it today
> in any part. There was certainly a UKMARC code for Ulster Scots, I recall,
> but I can't find my UKMARC files at the moment.
> Also I mislaid my files of British Library statistics (due to changing
> computers a couple of years ago) which listed British Library holdings by
> language code, so I don't have the possibility at the moment to identify
> the previously used UKMARC code, or the statistics.
> Though a new alpha-3 code would be needed now, not the old one.
> However, In Ulster Scots, there are now many documents - especially
> official ones, as indicated below - as well as many web documents in (and
> not just about) Ulster Scots (also known as Ullans) so it definitely fits
> the criteria for being used in ISO 639-2.
> Given its official status, I propose that it is also suitable for
> inclusion in ISO 639-1 as well.
> I'm tied up full time in other projects next week, and don't have time to
> take the following forward, other than providing this initial information
> below, but might one one of the JAC members be in a position to take up
> progressing an entry for Ulster Scots in all three parts of ISO 639?
> There is a convincing history of use.
> There is a longstanding email list (ULLANS-L) and website for Ulster
> Scots, and now several more.
> Ulster Scots is defined in legislation (The North/South Co-operation
> (Implementation Bodies) Northern Ireland Order 1999) as
> the variety of the Scots language which has traditionally been used in
> parts of Northern Ireland and in Donegal in Ireland 
> Furthermore The United Kingdom declares, in accordance with Article 2,
> paragraph 1 of the Charter that it recognises that Scots and Ulster Scots
> meet the Charter's definition of a regional or minority language for the
> purposes of Part II of the Charter 
> Relevant links include:
> The Ulster-Scots Agency (Tha Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch)
> (Language, Identity and Politics in Northern Ireland)
> Ulster-Scots voices (BBC site)
> Pronunciation of Ulster Scots
> Scots Online (http://www.scots-online.org/)
> The above information was retrieved from
> John Clews