The request for a separate code element
for Võro has come before this group in the past. It was "postponed"
in favor of dealing with it at the level of ISO 639-3. However, the options
for doing so are relatively restricted, because of its association with
It is fairly clear that this does not
meet the criteria for "chipping off" because (1) there are several
works (6 of 205 by my research) identified as Võro (or Võrumaa) that use
[est] in the 041 field just in the Library of Congress online catalog;
and (2) Setu, a variety that is very closely associated with Võro (sometimes
as a sub-dialect, sometimes as a closely related descendant of South Estonian;
depends on the researcher) is declared by the MARC code list of languages
to be included in the scope of [est].
This seems to be a candidate for a macrolanguage
for Estonian [est] separating Northern Estonian (including Standard Estonian)
and Võro (descended from Southern Estonian but not quite the same), possibly
leaving room for other Southern Estonian varieties, if they can prove themselves
I would like feedback on the macrolanguage
potential before going any further.
For your reference, this is the documentation
for the current 639-3 request.