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Dear JAC,

There have been two requests for coding Greek languages of various eras on the ISO 639-3 change request list for several years. One of the requests is for Ecclesiastical Greek, the other for medieval Greek. Both of these would be splits off of Ancient Greek [grc]. Could we consider a solution of making [grc] a macrolanguage with Classical, Ecclesiastical and Medieval as language members?

I have also had a request for Katharevousa to be split from Greek[ell] as well. 

Let me know if you have any input, as I would like these to be considered in the coming year. They have been in formal proposal stage for quite a while.

Melinda Lyons
ISO 639-3 RA
SIL International
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.
Dallas, TX 75236 

On Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:58:30 +0200
 Håvard Hjulstad <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>There are other cases that are parallel, e.g. Sanskrit, which has considerable variation over time. And the issue is by no means straight-forward. I see two possible ways to go: (1) grc is re-classified as a macrolanguage, and individual “sub-languages” are given separate identifiers; (2) grc is retained as an individual language, and “sub-languages” are encoded in 639-6.
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>One thing is clear: There exists no objective definition of “individual language” that states clearly which way we need to go, including how large variation is “permitted” within an individual language. When it comes to variation over time, we in addition have the problem that the notion of mutual intelligibility is even less clear than for modern languages.
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>Fra: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]] På vegne av Guenther, Rebecca
>Sendt: 11. august 2010 21:26
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>Emne: FW: Very broad "ancient Greek"
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>Any comments on this request?
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>From: Henri de Solages [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
>Sent: Friday, August 06, 2010 6:08 AM
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>Subject: Very broad "ancient Greek"
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>Hello.
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>I'm very surprised that ancient Greek is considered as one language, covering 2 millennia, having been an international language during several centuries, having undergone serious phonetic modifications (to such a point that I doubt a late ancient Greek would have understood at all an audio record in early ancient Greek), and having lost not only at least one tense (the anterior future) but even a grammatical number (the dual).
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>If you really want to regard it as one language, then we need another standard to codify things like "Homeric Greek", "Egyptian Greek", "Cappadocian Greek", "Byzantine Greek" etc..
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>Yours sincerely.
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