In the Issues to Resolve doc, I referred to these as “incomplete
collections”. In an earlier paper, I used “partial collections”.
If the term is defined as given below, “group minus a
specified set of members”, then it’s not obvious to me that a
qualifier like “remainder” is the best choice. If the definition
were something along the lines of “the remainder of an extension corresponding
to a given intension after certain members of the extension are excluded”,
then “remainder” would seem right. “Group with some items
removed” sounds like an incomplete or partial group.
From: ISO 639 Joint
Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Håvard Hjulstad
Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2007 7:56 AM
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Subject: "rest groups" in ISO 639-5
the meeting of ISO/TC 37/SC 2/WG 1 in Provo earlier this month we discussed
among many other things the finalization of ISO 639-5. That part will be
submitted for FDIS within a few weeks.
639-5 needs a terms for a "language group minus a specified set of members
of that group". This is needed to describe the relationship between, e.g.
"Germanic languages" in 639-5 and "other Germanic
languages" (or "Germanic languages (other)") in 639-2 (i.e. all
Germanic languages that haven't been specifically identified in 639-2). With
the completion of ISO 639-3 this becomes an urgent issue. The concept
isn't at all complicated, but what is the term?
current version of 639-5 uses "rest
group". At the meeting some people stated a problem with
that term. Mike Roberts promised to ask colleagues within the
documentation/library environment. His feedback is that "there doesn't
seem to be a technical terms for this concept, but we believe that remainder
group or residual group are both preferable, perhaps with residual group being
nearer to the French".
I don't have any strong feelings toward any of the terms "rest
group", "remainder group", or "residual group". Do
members of the JAC have opinions?
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