(1) I don't think that the identifier that the proposer has proposed has any
special weight. We need to be free to select identifiers independently from
the proposal.

(2) The principle of basing the identifier on the indigenous name has not
been changed. Members of the JAC (and others) are most welcome to suggest
alternative identifiers.

(3) As I have pointed out previously, and which is also mentioned in
ISO/TC37/SC2/WG1 documents (which members of the JAC have been invited to
obtain access to), there is a reason for the desire to coordinate the
identifiers with Ethnologue. A "part 3" of ISO 639 is being developed, in
principle encoding all languages of Ethnologue, and using Ethnologue
identifiers whenever this is not in conflict with the current ISO 639-2.
This will have an impact on the rest of the work with language coding, and I
invite all members of JAC to follow that project closely. Peter Constable of
SIL is the Project Leader of the project. Documents will be available
through ISO/TC37/SC2/WG1 on the ISOTC Server (no other form of document
distribution is planned). I shall gladly register any JAC member on the
ISOTC Server as a "member" of ISO/TC37/SC2/WG1, in case you aren't already a
registered member.

Best regards,

Håvard Hjulstad    mailto:[log in to unmask]
  Solfallsveien 31
  NO-1430  Ås, Norway
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-----Original Message-----
From: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf
Of Milicent K Wewerka
Sent: 31. oktober 2002 14:59
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: New ISO 639 proposal: Ingush -- DISCUSSION

Regarding the proposed language code for Ingush, I thought our principles
were to base the code on the vernacular name or to accept the code
requested.  Have we changed our principles?  I note that several proposals
have suggested that we use the same code as Ethnologue.  That seems
appropriate if no code has been suggested or if the suggested code is not

Milicent Wewerka
Library of Congress

>>> Håvard Hjulstad <[log in to unmask]> 10/30/02 06:19AM >>>
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 14:09:13 -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, October 11, 2002 at 14:09:13

lang_in_eng = Ingush language
lang_in_fre =
ref_where_found_1 =
lang_in_vern =
ref_where_found_2 =
trans_lit =
evidence = Columbia University Libraries (55)
addinfo =
request_addition = ISO 639-2 only
2_code_suggestion =
3_code_suggestion = ING
submit_name = Susan Summer
submit_email = [log in to unmask]
submit_status = Catalog librarian, Columbia University Libraries

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ISO 639 encoding: cau = Caucasian (other)

Linguasphere: 42-BAA-aa = Ghalghaay. Ingush is given as a "Russian" name.

Ethnologue: INH = Ingush. Some 230.000 speakers in Chechen Ingushetia.
"Ghalghay" is given as an indigenous name.


Both the proposed identifier (ing) and the Ethnologue identifier (inh) are
available. Because of the ongoing coordination with Ethnologue I would
suggest that we select "inh".

I should think that Ingush should be the only English name listed.

Best regards,
Håvard Hjulstad
(acting chairman of ISO 639 RA-JAC)
Håvard Hjulstad    mailto:[log in to unmask]
Chairman ISO/TC37 (Terminology and other language resources)
Chairman ISO/TC207/TCG (Environmental management - Terminology coordination
  Solfallsveien 31
  NO-1430  Ås, Norway
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  mob: +47 90145563