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Obviously, we would want the requisite form filled out and document requirements met for 639-2. If we were to get that, I'd like to see some discussion from the requestor as to how "Montenegrin" is to be considered different from "Serbian" and why it wouldn't be sufficient to add "Montenegrin" as an alternate name for "Serbian". As part of that, I'd like to know if the National Library of Montenegro is really going to differentiate which items in its holdings are "Montenegrin" and which are "Serbian".



Peter

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf Of Rebecca S. Guenther
> Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 7:57 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Question from Montenegro (fwd)
>
> We have discussed Montenegrin before. The most recent discussion was on
> the JAC list in Nov. 2007. We said we would take a wait and see
> approach
> to see how the language develops. We did not do a formal ballot.
>
> I can ask this person to submit the form with documentation about each
> criterion for defining a new language identifier. I can also tell the
> person the same thing I told the last one who asked for Montenegrin
> (Gerard Lang)-- see list archives:
> http://listserv.loc.gov/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0711&L=ISOJAC&D=0&I=-
> 3&X=45F7D51AF0CB358E70&P=59
> But I do keep getting this request.
>
> Obviously in the message below, the change we made for Serbian and
> Croatian have nothing to do with whether Montenegrin gets its own
> code/identifier.
>
> Rebecca
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 12:08:51 +0200
> From: Vesna Vuckovic <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Question from Montenegro
>
> Dear Madam/Sir,
> Is there a possibility to obtain a provisional language code for
> Montenegro? Montenegro proclaimed independence in 2006, but the
> language (Montenegrin) has not been codified yet. The National Library
> would like to receive from you a language code to be used temporarily
> until the language is officially named and codified at which point we
> would request a new language code. The Serbian and Croatian languages
> were recently awarded their language codes.
> Thank you so much for your time and understanding.
> With best wishes,
> Vesna Vuckovic
> National Library of Montenegro