Nearly everything that is considered a “macrolanguage” is in part 2 as a direct corollary with why the notion of “macrolanguage” was introduced in Part 3: it was the solution to the need to rationalize categories in Part 2 that did not align well with linguistic reality but rather conflated distinct varieties together. E.g., “Chinese”. I’m pretty sure that in every one of the original “macrolanguage” cases, you’ll find that MARC has an entry in which that identifier is “used for” multiple varieties.


From: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Sebastian Drude
Sent: October 7, 2013 12:43 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: splitting two historical languages

Dear all,

I am sorry to have to disagree with Mark.  I understand that the procedure proposed by Melinda an John is actually better than Mark's, because it most probably better reflects the current usage of "Ancient Greek" [grc] (which will by now, for lack of another more specific code, also be used for Medieval Greek), and, analogously, Sanskrit [san] (which currently is probably also used for Vedic Sanskrit).

Therefore I support the proposal by Melinda and John.

Just curiosity: Are there already codes for "macrolanguages" in Part 2?
And shouldn't [san] and [grc], as well as the two times two more specific codes to be created now, not be among the languages that are not spoken any more, which rather belong to part 3 (or where) than part 2?  Are there already examples for dead macrolanguages?
For Ancient Greek, are there also (to be) codes for the major sub-varieties or sub-languages such as Ionic, Doric etc.?


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From: ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mark Davis ?
Sent: 07 October 2013 20:58
To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: splitting two historical languages

On Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 8:52 PM, ISO639-3 <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
Thus, Ancient Greek [grc] would have one code for part 2 but two "Ancient Greek (individual language)" and "Medieval Greek" under part 3. Also, "Sanskrit" [san] would be split into "Sanskrit" and "Vedic Sanskrit" in part 3.

​It would likely cause less disruption if the current codes were left as is, and the separate items (eg, Medieval Greek) simply given separate codes.


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