Regarding the distinction between Ethiopic and Geez, the MARC list
gives Ethiopic with a reference from Geez, indicating that for puposes
of that list, the terms refer to the same language.  In the Library of
Congress Subject Headings, the term "Ethiopic language" is used for
Geez and the term "Ethiopian languages" is used for the Semitic
languages of Ethiopia.

Milicent Wewerka

>>> John Clews <[log in to unmask]> 03/02 7:14 PM >>>
Just as with Ndebele and Mari, I have different information on
some Ethiopic languages in different standards (counting MARC as a
de facto standard here).

Which of the following sets of information (1) or (2) is correct?
From previous files I have:

     LC  639-2        639-1      Language name
(1)  eth  ---          --     ** Ethiopic (not in 639-2)
(2)  eth  gez                    Ge'ez

Will there be any unification here or not? I assume my information
case 2 is wrong, unless Ethiopic is being used as a synonym for
The MARC file I got hold of (still up to date or not) just lists
Ethiopic, and doesn't say Ethiopic languages, or Ethiopic (other),
Ethiopic (Ge'ez), all of which are theoretical possibilities.

In passing (a less essential part of my query), has Ge'ez every been
considered for ISO 639-1? It has a larger corpus than Avestan, for
instance, I would guess, which was agreed to be added in Washington.

I look forward to any clarification

Best regards

John Clews

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