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ISO 639 Ballot -- New item: Southern Altai


Submitted by (your name, please): Anila Angjeli

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

Comment :
I'm presenting here the pont of view of "Les langues du monde" (I have already
quoted) about Alta� :
From the classification point of view  it considers the Altaic groupe as part of
the turkish languages
These languages (with dialectical variants) are spoken in the territories
previously  known as autonomous territoy of Oyrates.
Two major branches are to be distinguished according to the geographical
situation of the peoples speaking these languages : that of the languages spoken
in the Southern Regions of the territory and the other one comprising languages
(and dialects) spoken by the people of the Northern Regions.
In the Southern Region one distinguishes :
- The "Alta�" itself  [i with diaeresis], indigenous name "Altay-kizi"[z with
caron] called "Oyrat" or "Oyr�t" or "White Kalmouks" or " Mountain Kalmouks" by
the russians ( in russian  "gorniye")
- The Teletout" or "Telenget" (with slight differencies between them).

In the Northern Region of the Alta� groupe it distinguishes :
the Koumand
the Tatar cern'eviye - (russian name) or Yis-kizi
the Sor
theTatar tomsko-kuzn'etkiye.

I find that the analysis given about Alta� as one of the  languages spoken in
the Southern Region of the Altai Groupe clarifies the interest of the requester
"in the southern version of Altai as a separate language" and the appelation "
Gorno-Altaisk" which obviously stands for "Alta� of the mountains".
That is why I consider it more advisable to include Alta� (and not sp�cifically
Southern Alt�i) in the standard.

(B) -- Identifier:
(Please vote even if you are opposed to the inclusion of the item)
(2)
__  I accept the alpha-3 identifier "alt" for Southern Altai (if to be
included)
_X_  I do not accept the identifier "alt" -- Comment:
Following the above reasoning I shoud rather accept the identifier "alt" for
Altai (and not for Southern Altai)


(C) -- Language names:
(3)
___  I accept the English name "Southern Altai" (if to be included)
_X_  I do not accept the English name "Southern Altai" -- Comment:
For the same reasons I suggest the English name: "Altai" and not "Southern
Altai"

(4)
__  I accept the French name "alta� du Sud" (if to be included)
_X_  I do not accept the French name "alta� du Sud" -- Comment:
I suggest the French name "alta�" and not "alta� du sud"