I interpreted his request more along the same lines as Rebecca, suggesting that "Extreme Meridional Italian" is a better name for the whole language, since it does not elevate one dialect (Sicilian) over all the others in using that one to represent the whole group of dialects. Then, along with a name change, he also is suggesting a change of identifier that is, similarly, more representative of all.

Of course, one wonders how many speakers of Calabrian, Salentinian, Tarantinian, or even Sicilian, would recognize "Extreme Meridional Italian" as referring to their language? Google brings up one page, though the Italian form ("Italiano meridionale-estremo") brings up a few hundred.


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2007-12-10 10:03 AM
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Re: ISO 639-2 Language Code Change Request (fwd)

I was interpreting that as "code is available, so request it be used". Who knows, though: he isn't really clear about exactly what change he's asking for.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf Of Rebecca S. Guenther
> Sent: Monday, December 10, 2007 7:28 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: ISO 639-2 Language Code Change Request (fwd)
> Second message. He says "emi code not used", which is why I didn't
> think
> he was asking for new codes, only additional names.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2007 09:18:44 -0500
> From: NDMSO <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask]
> Subject: ISO 639-2 Language Code Change Request
> ISO 639-2 Language Code Change Request.
> English name of Language:   Sicilian
> French name of Language:   Sicilien
> iso_639_2_b:   scn
> iso_639_2_t:
> change_requested:   Dear sirs,
> I already wrote You, but after discussing again with other people, I am
> writing again. It is about the discussion for the name of the language
> of the Extremal South of Italy. It was declared as language and it
> includes: Calabrian (Center-South of Calabria), Salentinian and Taranto
> dialects (region: Puglia), Sicilian.
> Now, the name of this language is Sicilian (scn), that is just one of
> the variants of the language.
> This mean that the name \"Sicilian\" includes: Center-South Calabrian,
> Salentinian and Tarantinian, and also Sicilian (itself!). More details
> maybe in the first request I sent You.
> This group of languages has other names, and after discussing with
> other people (from different speaking areas of this language) we think
> that 2 of them are good:
> - Extreme Meridional Italian (\"emi\" code is not used)
> - Extreme Meridional Italoromance (\"emi\" code is not used)
> Most of us think that the first one is better, because it indicates
> geagraphically the territory of the language (it\'s a romance language,
> but this can be omitted in the name). The \"Extremal Meridional
> Italian\" name was also used by important people who studied this
> linguistic area. But because some people asked, I included also the
> second name.
> Translations in italian of the names (please ignore if not useful):
> - Italiano meridionale estremo (\"ime\" code)
> - Italoromanzo meridionale estremo (\"ime\" code)
> Thank you, and good work
> Submitter's name:   Francesco Costanzo
> Submitter's email :   [log in to unmask]
> Submitter's status :   Speaker of the language, I am also making
> studies about its grammar