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User:Purodha/ Deficiencies of dealing with Language Codes in the Internet

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This Deficiencies of dealing with Language Codes in the Internet is a page planned to voice an opinion, coming soon. It is incomplete, and likely will be for few days.

How IANA, ISO 639-1, ISO 639-2, SIL/Ethnologue, do (not) do their jobs.

Language Code Backgrounds[edit]

Language Codes Standards[edit]

What Language Codes are used for[edit]

Complaints[edit]

ISO 639-1[edit]

ISO 639-2[edit]

Publication [1] shows that the committe in charge for maintaining the ISO 639-2 language codes, after the inception of the standard in the year 2000, made an average of about 10 ammendments per year, until now (end of 2006). Since a dozen were simple and effordless, such as typing error corrections, publication of initially forgotten but already existing data, or the addtion of language code zxx (no linguisitc content) which do not require research about an existing language, in fact only 8 more serious amendments were published per year, or two per quarter. That also show that the workload maintaining the standard is not really big. Usually, all required data will be presented by proposers of a new/altered language code, and references given. So the major task would have to be, so I assume, to verify that data and establish its correctness. Practically, you write, email, or call institutions like universities or libraries asking them to confirm that there are so and so many publications in that language, etc.

Case study: Setting up a Wikipedia[edit]

[2] [3]

ISO 639-3[edit]

IANA[edit]

References:

http://ultimategerardm.blogspot.com/2006/10/npov-of-language-names.html

http://wiktionaryz.blogspot.com/2006/10/dialects-any-one.html

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0608e&L=etnolinguistica&P=398

http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/code_changes.php

  1. http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/code_changes.php
  2. http://ksh.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project:
  3. http://ksh.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Archiv/Klaaf_üvver_de_Andraach#KSH_k.C3.BCtt_nitt_en_de_ISO_639-2