Re: Tigrinya, Tonga, Turkish, Yoruba (was: RFC 1766)

Date: Fri Aug 11 2000 - 11:40:30 EDT

On 08/11/2000 09:55:57 AM John Cowan wrote:

>The problem is in fact more serious. The four languages Tigrinya (ti),
>Turkish (tr), and Yoruba (yo) do not have their ISO 639-1 codes listed...

>I do not have the paper ISO 639-1,

I do have the paper version of ISO 639:1998, and it does list

Tigrinya = ti
Tonga = to
Turkish = tr
Yoruba = yo

They *are* official.

>In the case of Tonga, there may perhaps be a legitimate doubt whether to
>the "to" (Tonga) code with "tog" (Tonga (Nyasa)) or with
>"ton" (Tonga (Tonga Islands)), or with both.

This relates to one of the problems with ISO 639-x that I'll be discussing
in my presentation. Interesting, essentially the same point was raised in
the official ballot within TC37/SC2/WG1 on DIS 639-1.

- Peter

Peter Constable

Non-Roman Script Initiative, SIL International
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75236, USA
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