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The first ballot on this item has been completed. The original ballot form
is included below.

The item has NOT been approved for inclusion, and a second round is needed.
There is also a negative vote on the indigenous name.

The following comment was submitted relating to inclusion: "I am voting "no"
for Karachay-Balkar, because I feel that the doubts of Michael Everson have
not been clarified. If, however, this question has been clarified in the
meantime, you can consider my vote as "yes". I herewith ask Havard Hjulstad
and Michael Everson to clarify, whether "Karachay-Balkar" is one language or
two."
The following comment was submitted relating to the indigenous name: ""Les
langues du monde" uses "Karacay"[with dot under K and small leter c with
caron] and Balkar [with dot under k]."

I invite members to discuss these issues.

Best regards,
Håvard Hjulstad

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ISO 639 Ballot -- New item: Karachay-Balkar

Please vote by Friday 2003-01-24.

Please see additional information below the ballot form.

Submitted by (your name, please):

(A) -- Inclusion:
(1)
___  I am in favour of including the individual language "Karachay-Balkar"
in 639-2 (alpha-3 code)
___  I am opposed to including the individual language "Karachay-Balkar" in
639-2 (alpha-3 code)

(B) -- Identifier:
(Please vote even if you are opposed to the inclusion of the item)
(2)
___  I accept the alpha-3 identifier "krc" for Karachay-Balkar (if to be
included)
___  I do not accept the identifier "krc" -- Comment:

(C) -- Language names:
(3)
___  I accept the English name "Karachay-Balkar" (if to be included)
___  I do not accept the English name "Karachay-Balkar" -- Comment:

(4)
___  I accept the French name "karatchaï-balkar" (if to be included)
___  I do not accept the French name "karatchaï-balkar" -- Comment:

(5)
___  I accept the indigenous name "qarachaj - balqar" [with dot over first
e] (if to be included)
___  I do not accept the indigenous name "qarachaj - balqar" -- Comment:


Other comments:

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Background and additional information:

This is based on a proposal submitted on 2002-10-11 and circulated to the
JAC for comments on 2002-10-30. Feedback has been received from Michael
Everson only. He expresses doubt whether Karachay and Balkar should be
unified. According to his information the two languages have different
alphabets. However, other sources normally list this as one language (with
different spoken variants).

The source of the French name is http://www.eurominority.org/.

The source of the indigenous name is http://www.evertype.com/alphabets/