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The ISO 639 RA-JAC has received the following proposal for a new entry in
the alpha-3 table:


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Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 14:03:55 -0400
From: WWW generic account <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: New ISO 639-2 code

This data was submitted on: Friday, October 11, 2002 at 14:03:55

lang_in_eng = Altai language
lang_in_fre =
ref_where_found_1 =
lang_in_vern =
ref_where_found_2 =
trans_lit =
evidence = Columbia University Libraries (102)
addinfo =
request_addition = ISO 639-2 only
2_code_suggestion =
3_code_suggestion = ALT
submit_name = Susan Summer
submit_email = [log in to unmask]
submit_status = Catalog librarian, Columbia University Libraries

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ADDITIONAL CORRESPONDENCE:

From: Rebecca S. Guenther [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 29. oktober 2002 17:29
Subject: Altai

The requester has confirmed that it is the southern version of Altai that
she is interested in as a separate language (all the material they have is
from Gorno-Altaisk). In this case, no change would be needed for Altaic
(Other) if we add a separate code for the Southern Altai language.
(Ethnologue lists two languages, Northern Altai and Southern Altai.) The
Library of Congress has a term Altai in the MARC language code list, which
is equivalent to Ethnologue's Southern Altai (and uses the collective code
for Altaic (Other)).

Rebecca


CURRENT SITUATION:

ISO 639 encoding: tut = Altaic (other)

Linguasphere: 44-AAB-dg = Altay

Ethnologue: ALT = Southern Altai. There are some 71.000 speakers in Asian
Russia.


COMMENTS:

Should be included. The identifier "alt" is available.


Best regards,
Håvard Hjulstad
(acting chairman of ISO 639 RA-JAC)
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