The message below is forwarded to the ISO 639 RAs-JAC. Any comments from JAC members? The item should probably be processed according to the rules of ISO 639-3.
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From: Jüvä Sullõv [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 4:01 PM
To: Håvard Hjulstad
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Subject: Re: ISO 639 encoding proposal: Võro
Dear Håvard Hjulstad,
Thank you for the information. I hope the Advisory Committee will decide the case positively and Võro will get its ISO 639-2 and ISO 639-3 language codes soon. Can you tell me when it can happen and when the new codes will be published? If there are questions about the language or more information/evidences needed please ask me.
Sulev Iva/Jüvä Sullõv
researcher of the
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19.09.2006 14:03:26, Håvard Hjulstad <[log in to unmask]> kirot':
> Teema: ISO 639 encoding proposal: Võro
> Kuupäiv:Tue, 19 Sep 2006 13:03:26 +0200
> Kink Håvard Hjulstad <[log in to unmask]>
> Kohe: <[log in to unmask]>, <[log in to unmask]>
> Kopi: "Rebecca S. Guenther" <[log in to unmask]>
> Dear Sulev Iva,
> Your proposal to encode "Võro" in ISO 639-1 and ISO 639-2 has been
> received long ago and discussed by the ISO 639 RAs Joint Advisory
> Committee (JAC). I am sorry that the proposal has been very long in the pipeline.
> Part of the reason for the delay is the finalization of ISO 639-3,
> which extends the alpha-3 language code to include some 7000
> languages. That part of ISO 639 will become an International Standard very soon.
> ISO 639-3 does not currently include Võro as an individual language,
> but treats it as a dialect of Estonian. Please see
> http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/documentation.asp?id=est and follow the
> link to the Ethnologue database for documentation of how the item is encoded in ISO 639-3.
> ISO 639 RAs-JAC has decided not to accept the proposal to encode the
> item in ISO 639-1 (alpha-2 identifier).
> Following the publication of ISO 639-3 the JAC will decide between
> the following options:
> (1) Consider it a dialect, which would not be encoded in ISO 639-3
> (or ISO 639-2);
> (2) Consider it an individual language and encode it in ISO 639-3,
> utilizing the procedures that have been specified for that part;
> (3) Encode it also in ISO 639-2 following the encoding in ISO 639-3.
> All supporting evidence is being kept on file. The JAC recognizes
> that submitted evidence makes it a strong case for option 2 or 3.
> Please send any comment to me and I shall forward it to the JAC for
> Best regards,
> Håvard Hjulstad
> (secretary ISO 639 RAs-JAC)
> Håvard Hjulstad
> Standard Norge / Standards Norway
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