Hi All

Sorry, I missed this.  There will be somewhere in the region of 30,000
entries in the database - a proportion of which are already on the web site
as indicated by Håvard.  Work is ongoing with regard to marrying the
information from ISO 639-3 and -5 to  -6 but I hope the whole will be
available by the end of March.  As the information becomes available it will
be added to the web site and we are working on a new site that will
(hopefully) make the data more searchable.  As soon as the whole is
available I will provide a link to a downloadable table.  Obviously, this
will be provided to the JAC in the first instance.  I will also be working
with Håvard et al in getting the data into a format that will fit the ISO
Concept database.

Best regards and Happy New Year!


> -----Original Message-----
> From: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Rebecca S Guenther
> Sent: 05 January 2010 15:00
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: SV: ISO 639-6 is available
> All I wanted to know was approximately how many entries are
> expected-- to compare it to the other ISO 639 standards. But
> perhaps that is impossible at this point.
> Rebecca
> >>> Håvard Hjulstad <[log in to unmask]> 1/5/2010 7:13 AM >>>
> Dear all,
> I agree that the Linguasphere Registry still is an important
> source for language information. I also find the document
> that Mr Lang circulated quite interesting indeed.
> However, the ISO 639-6 site is
> That is the only official
> source for ISO 639-6 data. (Hopefully, also this repository
> will be merged with the rest of ISO 639 into the ISO Concept
> Database in due course.) If you enter through the Geolang home page
> ( and select "ISO 639-6" you will get
> the page, which is a
> different page. I am sure the ISO 639-6 Registration
> Authority will fix this.
> I don't see any way to find out how many entries there are in
> the database.
> Best regards,
> Håvard
> --------------------
> Håvard Hjulstad
>   (prosjektleder / Project Manager)
>   Standard Norge / Standards Norway
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> -----Opprinnelig melding-----
> Fra: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> På vegne av Lang Gérard
> Sendt: 5. januar 2010 09:09
> Til: [log in to unmask]
> Emne: Re: ISO 639-6 is available
> Dear Rebecca,
> Let me wish you a happy new year.
> In fact, the written available version of ISO 639-6, First
> edition, 200-12-01, contains strictly no official list of
> alpha-4 ISO 639-6 code elements.
> Only Annex A (informative)  "Example data"  gives a Table
> A.1-Nilo-Saharan (part) Saharan (part-exemple data only) containing 56
> alpha-4 code elements, each given with an alpha-4 "parent identifier"
> and a "Language reference name".
> The standard also writes that "at the time of the present
> publication of this part of ISO 639, the ISO 639-6
> Registration Authority (ISO
> 639-6/RA) is held by:
> Geolang Ltd,
>  the URL of the website is".
> ISO 639-6's clause 8 "Administration of code assignments"
> writes that "the allocation of alpha-4 identifiers shall be
> administered by the ISO
> 639-6 Registration Authority".
> It is nowhere explicitely written inside this standard, but
> it is natural to think that the web site for the ISO 639-6/RA
> is where the  current ISO
> 639-6 code list is to be found.
> But, in fact, the only available information I found on this
> site is "Currently ISO FDIS 639-6 is being prepared for FDIS vote."
> So that the best available source" for comprehensive coverage
> of language variants" remains the principal source of ISO 639-6:
> "Linguaspere Register of the World's Languages and Speech Communities:
> hebron (Wales) Linguasphere Press 200. 2 vol. ISBN
> 0-9532919-1-X, ISBN 0-9532919-2-8"
> Whose author, David DALBY, was the initiator and first
> conceptor of ISO
> 639-6 as presented at the 15th plenary meeting of ISO/TC 37
> in PARIS in August 2004, when the corresponding New Work Item
> was adopted, after a first presentation  by "The Linguaspere
> Observatory" of the british standard BS 8639 - Identification
> and Classification of the World's Languages and Communities
> including CLIP (Community and Language Identification
> Protocol) at the week meeting of ISO/TC 37 in Oslo in August 2003.
> David DALBY is still developping his work, that remùains by
> far the more interesting system in this domain.
> You will find attached with this message, my note
> 55.2009.doc, written in french language, that could
> nevertheless have some interest for you.
> Bien cordialement.
> Gérard LANG
> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> De la part de Rebecca S Guenther Envoyé : lundi 4 janvier
> 2010 22:07 À :
> [log in to unmask] Objet : Re: ISO 639-6 is available
> Could you tell me how many codes there are in this list
> (although I understand that it will be growing)? I am giving
> a presentation on the ISO 639 standards to the Linguistics
> Society of America on Friday and would like to have this
> information. (I suppose it is available on the ISO members
> site, but couldn't remember my login information.)
> Rebecca
> >>> Lang Gérard <[log in to unmask]> 12/3/2009 2:36 AM >>>
> Dear All,
> The first edition of ISO 639-6 (Codes pour la représentation
> des noms de langues-Partie 6: Code alpha-4 pour un traitement
> exhaustif des variantes linguistiques // Codes for the
> representation of names of languages-Part 6: Alpha-4 code for
> comprehensive coverage of language
> variants) has now been published by ISO, effective from 2009-12-01 on.
> Cordialement.
> Gérard LANG