Yes, I agree that the information in Ethnologue is somewhat contradictory.
With the evidence that I have seen, I tend to think that we should encode
"Kalmyk" (and ask Ethnologue to split its entry).


-----Original Message-----
From: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf
Of Milicent K Wewerka
Sent: 31. oktober 2002 15:11
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Subject: Re: (iso639.776) New ISO 639 proposal: Kalmyk -- DISCUSSION

I note that the fuller text in Ethnologue states "Different from other
varieties in China called Oirat, which are sometimes called Asiatic Oriat."
Perhaps it would be better to limit the request to Kalmyk.

Milicent Wewerka
Library of Congress

>>> Håvard Hjulstad <[log in to unmask]> 10/30/02 07:44AM >>>
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 14:10:24 -0400
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Subject: New ISO 639-2 code

This data was submitted on: Friday, October 11, 2002 at 14:10:24

lang_in_eng = Kalmyk language
lang_in_fre =
ref_where_found_1 =
lang_in_vern =
ref_where_found_2 =
trans_lit =
evidence = Columbia University Libraries (157)
addinfo =
request_addition = ISO 639-2 only
2_code_suggestion =
3_code_suggestion = KLM
submit_name = Susan Summer
submit_email = [log in to unmask]
submit_status = Catalog librarian, Columbia University Libraries

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ISO 639 encoding: tut = Altaic (other)

Linguasphere: 44-BAA-bd = Kalmyk (Cf 44-BAA-be = Oyrat)

Ethnologue: KGZ = Kalmyk-Oirat. Called "Kalmyk" in Russia, "Oirat" in China.
Some 174.000 speakers in Asian Russia, 139.000 in China, 205.000 in


It isn't entirely obvious to me whether we should include "Kalmyk" or
"Kalmyk-Oirat". If we go for the former, a change will be needed in the
Ethnologue encoding. One important question is whether the groups have a
common literature across the borders.

One option might be to encode "Kalmyk" and "Oirat" seaparately.

Input is invited!

Best regards,
Håvard Hjulstad
(acting chairman of ISO 639 RA-JAC)
Håvard Hjulstad    mailto:[log in to unmask]
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