> From: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John
> The crucial phrase in Håvard 's email is:
> - 639-3 includes "Frisian" (fry) as a macro language, and Western Frisian
> (fri), Northern Frisian (frr), and Eastern Frisian (frs).
Note that the 639-3 code table is still draft. This particular item is something I feel quite open to changing given apparent justification.
> Sater Frisian may also be, but it needs to be clarified how ALL the
> Frisian languages relate to each other, and wether Sater Frisian is merely
> another name for one of these languages - and which one.
> There is a need for more information, and clearer information, before JAC
> approaval should be given.
I'm not sure what the basis for suggesting that Sater Frisian is distinct from Eastern Frisian (seems unlikely if Eastern Frisian is only used in Saterland). But, one way or another, the JAC *must* resolve the issue of the relationship of the existing entries fy / fry to the three items "Western Frisian", "Northern Frisian" and "Eastern Frisian" prior to the publication of ISO 639-3. I very much would not like to see this matter delayed. It's been on the table now for 19 months, and the completion of 639-3 is quickly approaching (possibly before the end of 2005).