Dear JAC members,
There has been little activity on this list for awhile.
A request to give Montenegrin a separate code was received last year by John Zagas at the Library of Congress. Because of various difficulties, work projects and illnesses, I have just now received all the documents needed to put forward the request for discussion and soon a vote.
There are four documents attached. One is the formal request from the National Library of Montenegro. The second is a linguistic justification for the request, although this decision would not likely be made on the linguistic merits alone. The third document is a summary of the differences of deciding on a language code based on "development" and that of deciding on linguistic merit alone. The fourth is a letter from one of our members who is involved in standards for a European government. I felt her view was important, as the EU would be a primary user of the code if it is created.
Please read through the documents and circulate your comments to this committee. I will put forward a ballot in a week or ten days, depending on when the comments seem to be reducing or ending.
Thank you for taking time to consider this request.
Secretary and Chair
Joint Advisory Committee