To members and observers of JAC, Below please find a submission for an alpha-2 identifier for Hawaiian (alpha-3 identifier is "haw"). I don't have very much to add to the very thorough submission below. The proposal seems to be well documented. Had the submission been for an alpha-3 identifier, there would probably not been any problem. However, will it be in place to assign an alpha-2 identifier to this language? They are requesting "hw", which is available. (Used identifiers starting with "h": ha he hi ho hr hu hy hz.) I find the last sentence of the submission rather "curious": "We have hired programmers to assist us, and they have found it problematic to get support for our language with the lack of the alpha 2 code." I will write back to the submitter. However, the response to that will be on a different level than the decision we need to make. Any discussion before we vote? Regards, Håvard Hjulstad ------------------------- Håvard Hjulstad mailto:[log in to unmask] Solfallsveien 31 NO-1430 Ås, Norway tel: +47-64944233 & +47-64963684 mob: +47-90145563 http://www.hjulstad.com/havard/ ------------------------- ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 14:03:54 -0400 From: WWW generic account <[log in to unmask]> To: [log in to unmask] Subject: New ISO 639-2 code This data was submitted on: Friday, April 19, 2002 at 14:03:54 lang_in_eng = Hawaiian lang_in_fre = hawaïen ref_where_found_1 = ISO639-2 reference lang_in_vern = 'olelo Hawai'i ref_where_found_2 = The Hawaiian Dictionary, Revised and Enlarged Edition, Dr. Samuel Elbert and Mary Kawena Puku'i trans_lit = evidence = Hale Kuamo'o is the Hawaiian Language Center for the state of Hawai'i. We have several hundred books in print, including specialized word lists and dictionaries with new terms created for math, science, technology, sports and other fields. We also have an archive of nearly 125,000 newpaper pages in the Hawaiian language, and participate in the printing of the "Ka Ho'oilina," a new academic journal with modernized versions of older text, including scholarly contributions by university professors and native speakers of our language. addinfo = Estimates vary from 8-12,000 speakers of the language, with the number growing dramatically with growing interest in the language. Hawaiian is an official language for the state of Hawai'i, legally the equal of English, as mandated by the State of Hawai'i constitution. It is predominantly spoken in Hawai'i, though there are a handful of speakers who have moved to the US mainland or abroad. request_addition = ISO 639-1 and ISO 639-2 2_code_suggestion = hw 3_code_suggestion = haw (already exists) submit_name = Keola Donaghy submit_email = [log in to unmask] submit_status = Speaker of language, academic, instructor, Media and Telecommunications Director for Hale Kuamo'o, the Hawaiian Language Center at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. Please note that we are aware that a 639-2 code does exist, and are requesting only a 639-1 code. We have hired programmers to assist us, and they have found it problematic to get support for our language with the lack of the alpha 2 code.