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At 14:24 +0100 2005-11-25, Håvard  Hjulstad wrote:

>Proposed response: All three forms of the name 
>of the Sinhala language are frequently found in 
>authoritative English-language sources. Please 
>note that it is only the language identifiers 
>that are the objects of standardization in ISO 
>639. The names of the items are for reference 
>and retrieval only. The ISO 639 RA-JAC tries to 
>avoid names that can cause confusion, or which 
>may be percieved as derogatory or unwanted for 
>some other reason. In the case of Sinhala we 
>find that the alternative name forms may serve a 
>purpose for reference and retrieval. As a 
>consequence the ISO 639 RA-JAC has decided to 
>retain all the forms of the name that are 
>currently included.

I agree, though of course I am not a member of the JAC.
-- 
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com