Dear Johanne,

All submitted comments, except the last one, relate to issues that are
finalized by the Joint Advisory Committee to the ISO 639 Registration
Authorities. The alpha-2 and alpha-3 tables (ISO 639-1 and 639-2) are
updated continuously. The published documents will be mere "snapshots" of an
continuous process. The present tables represent the current status both as
to which languages are included and which names are used to reference the

I submit the comments to the Joint Advisory Committee for possible future
action. However, no action can be taken by the committee at this stage.

Austrian standards or Austrian language experts may wish to submit proposals
to the JAC through the official channel for that purpose. A submission form
may be found under

The last comment relates to line-break hyphenation. I trust that ISO Central
Secretariat uses correct hyphenation rules in their final editing. I believe
that "enti-tled" is incorrectly hyphenated.

Best regards,

Håvard Hjulstad    mailto:[log in to unmask]
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To: 'Havard Hjulstad'
Subject: TR: ON-ISO/FDIS 639-1 (Mail errata)

Dear Havard,

I have just received these comments from Austria regarding FDIS 639-1.
Please let me know if you agree? Should we submit these comments to Central

Johanne Marquis
Terminologie et Normalisation
ISO TC 37 / SC 2
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Austrian comments on ISO/FDIS 639-1

In addition to the list presenting 210 languages we propose to integrate at
least the languages given in Annex C "Possible additional languages" of
ISO/DIS 639-1 circulated 2000.
fu: Friulan/frioulan/furlan: regional language, autonomic region in
Northeastern Italy, 700.000 speakers
ld: Ladin/ladine/ladin: additional regional language in autonomic province
Bozen, IT, 30.000 speakers
na: Nama/koekhoe: regional language in Namibia which is also used at school,
112.000 native speakers (Census 1991)

What about Sorbian/sorabe/serbski? This is an additional regional language
which is also used at school in Lausitz, DE.
Both kinds of scripts, Lower and Upper Sorbian together are used by some
30.000 native speakers. A large number of publications - occasionally
official/government publications - appear in both languages.
sf: Lower Sorbian/bas sorabe/delnjoserbski: in Brandenburg about 10.000
??: Upper Sorbian/haut sorabe/hornjoserbski: in Sachsen about 20.000
As new Sorbian literature can be found in a large number of libraries - due
to the international exchange of publications - a separate language code
would be desirable - within a German speaking framework it is even
In addition to the languages mentioned at the beginning we suggest to
incorporate Sorbian as well as Lower and Upper Sorbian.

Pages 10, 16, 17, 24, 29; Tables 1, 2, 3, 4
Entries concerning "Occitan; Provençal" (= oc) are partially contradictory -
cp. pp. 10, 16, 17, 24, 29. The remarks "(post 1500)", "(après 1500)" should
be cancelled altogether.

Tables 1, 2, 3, 4
The French entries "ia"... "interlingua (...)" should be brought into
alignment with the English ones, thus: "interlingua (de l'International
Auxiliary Language Association)".
[This refers to a former U.S. based organization where the language scheme
Interlingua was prepared.]

Tables 1, 2, 3, 4
Further remarks to the Tables:
"dv" -  Why not French also "divéhi"?
"kl" -  Why not French also "kalaallisut"?
"to" -  Tongan/tonga: The exceptional localizing remark "(Tonga Islands)"/
"îles Tonga)" is superfluous.

A.3.1.1, 5th line
In our view, it would be better to use "entitled" instead of "enti-tled".
Please consider the rules of syllabilification.