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>>> 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
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 14:10:24

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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CURRENT SITUATION:

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
Mongolia.


ISSUES:

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)
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