Dear JAC colleagues,


I recently received a request from Gérard Lang (see below) proposing that a code be created in ISO 639-1 and ISO 639-2 for the language, "Shikomor".  I submit this request to the JAC for review and discussion.  I should note that though the request is for creating the code in both Parts 1 and 2 (new language codes cannot be defined in Part 1 without a Part 2 counterpart), the requester's primary objective is to have the code defined in ISO 639-1.  As there have recently been long discussions on the ISOJAC Listserv concerning the advisability of creating new codes in ISO 639-1, the discussion for this request will be limited to a brief time span (a week to ten days at the most).  I look forward to your comments.


John Zagas

JAC Chair



>> Request for new ISO language code.


>> English name of Language:   Shikomor

>> French name of Language:   Comorien

>> Reference:

>> Vernacular name of Language:   Shikomor

>> Transliteration:

>> Evidence:   All federal laws of Comoros

>> All local laws in each of the three federated islands Treaties with other countries

>> National Evidence:   Government of Comoros

>> Size Evidence:   national literature

>> Official Evidence:   National language by article 1 of the Constitution

>> Education Evidence:   In the three federated islands of Comoros

>> Additional Info:   500 000

>> ISO 639-2 only :

>> ISO 639-2 and ISO 639-1 :   yes

>> three_code_suggestion :   coi

>> two_code_suggestion :   cm

>> Submitter's name:   Gérard LANG

>> Submitter's email :   [log in to unmask]

>> Submitter's status :   Liaison officer from ISO/TC 46 to ISO/TC 37