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From: arnas [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 4:11 PM
To: Håvard Hjulstad
Subject: Re: New ISO 639 proposal - Samogitian - discussion
I'd like to know how discussion is going on.
If to look at samogitian language history it begins in VIII century from archaeological data. There was confederation between samogitians and semgaliens whom were in center of Latvia. All historians support there were samogitian tribe which from XV century is moving into Lithuanian nation. Till XX century there was to lithuanian languages: lithuanian and samogitian (sometimes and latvian was told like lithuanian language). In 1760-1864 there was writing in some books like now (without some diacritic decisions), but 1863 rising (lost) stopped samogitian writing system. In 1943-45 there was found writing system once more, but Soviet Union didn't let it. In 1989 during Perestrojka in Soviet Union samogitians found their writing again and trying to put into general life.
The idea to have ISO 639 came from trying to have Samogitian wikipedia.
Now it is found (two weeks ago). It is on: http://bat-smg.wikipedia.org . For now we using "bat-smg" like "baltic laguage samogitian" but it is the mess. I know that there are catalan (ca), galician (gl), Luxembourgish (lb) (OK - it's country), asturian (ast), sicilian (scn), neapolitan (nap), corsican (co), sardian (sc), lombardic (lmo), kashubian (csb) and many all others that are in same (more - less) situation like samogitian.
The code for samogitian could be with "zhm" (it spells "þm" in our language), but if there is no like that - let it be in "zog".