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, 25 Oct 2002 15:24:45 -0400
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Subject: New ISO 639-2 code

This data was submitted on: Friday, October 25, 2002 at 15:24:45

lang_in_eng = Kabardian language
lang_in_fre =
ref_where_found_1 =
lang_in_vern =
ref_where_found_2 =
trans_lit =
evidence = Columbia University Libraries (186)
addinfo =
request_addition = ISO 639-2 only
2_code_suggestion =
3_code_suggestion = KBD
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-AAA-ac = Qaberdey

Ethnologue: KAB = Kabardian. Spoken by some 650.000 people in Russia and


It seems like a straight-forward issue. The name form "Kabardian" seems to
be clearly the most common in English. (As for all proposals, we also need
French name(s), and preferably also indigenous name(s).)

The Ethnologue identifier (kab) is NOT available in ISO 639-2 (used for
Kabyle), while the proposed identifier (kbd) is available.

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