We have received the
proposal below to include an alpha-3 identifier for
Ethnologue and ISO
639-3 names Samogitian as a variant name of the dialect Shamaitish under
Lithuanian. The proposer argues that it is a separate language. We shall need to
Registry has 54-AAA-ad "žemaichiai" under 54-AAA-a "Lithuanian" (with
"shamaitish" as one of the variant names).
identifier "smg" is not available. There are in fact very few identifiers
starting with s that are available. I would suggest that we consider starting
with z, since the indigenous name starts with z with caron. I would propose
The proposal uses
Unicode character numbers for characters that cannot be rendered
ā = a with macron
č = c with
ē = e with macron
ė = e with dot
ī = i with macron
(until 14 April).
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This data was submitted on: Friday, January 13, 2006 at 06:40:18
lang_in_eng = Samogitian
lang_in_fre = Samogitien
lang_in_vern = Žemaitėška; žemaitiu
evidence = Samogitia Cultural Society - http://samogitia.mch.mii.lt/KULTURA/kultdraug.en.htm
Telšiai (Telšē), Lithuania. Magazine with Samogitians
articles. Books with poesy and poetry.
addinfo = Number of speakers: about 500.000 Official status: till XX c.
Samogitian was language between peasants and gentlemen. After Lithuanian
independency in 1918 political situation was changed: Lithuanians say Samogitian
is the dialect, Samogitians (not all) say no.
The difference between these
two languages is big. Samogitian has different letters (ā, ē,
Spoken in West Lithuanian Republic, Samogitia
request_addition = ISO 639-2 only
3_code_suggestion = smg
submit_name = Arns Udovīčė
submit_email = [log in to unmask]
submit_status = Speaker of