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Betreff: [JACVOTE] ISO 639 JAC ballot 10-2003 - Karachay-Balkar

Dear colleagues,

I am voting "no" for Karachay-Balkar, because I feel that the doubts of Michael Everson have not been clarified. I quote:
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"I am not so sure Karachay and Balkar should be unified. There are two
different alphabets at http://www.evertype.com/alphabets/karachay.pdf
with the indigenous name "qarachaj" and
http://www.evertype.com/alphabets/balkar.pdf with the indigenous name
"balqar".
Michael Everson
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If, however, this question has been clarified in the meantime, you can consider my vote as "yes".

Best regards 
Christian

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): Christian Galinski

(A) -- Inclusion:
(1)
___  I am in favour of including the individual language "Karachay-Balkar" in 639-2 (alpha-3 code)
_X__  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)
_X__  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)
_X__  I accept the English name "Karachay-Balkar" (if to be included)
___  I do not accept the English name "Karachay-Balkar" -- Comment:

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

(5)
_X__  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:
I herewith ask Havard Hjulstad and Michael Everson to clarify, whether "Karachay-Balkar" is one language or two.

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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/