On 07/30/2002 06:32:07 AM John Cowan wrote:
>> The industry needs to wake up to the fact
>> that the requirement that a language have an ISO-639 2-letter code
>> locale can be created is a dead end.
>These words deserve to be written up in letters of gold.
I like that. (Where are those chromatic fonts when you need them? :-)
>> Well, I'm pretty sure Hawaiian isn't going to get it,
>It seems to me that if the request were backed by the State of Hawaii
>(or one of its agencies) it would meet the ISO 639-1 criteria, save
>perhaps for the number of speakers. Hawai'ian is an official language
>of Hawaii, after all.
But that's not the sole criterion a language has to meet. The requirements
are explained at
The following criteria for defining new languages in ISO 639-1 has been
established by the ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee.
Relation to ISO 639-2. Since ISO 639-1 is to remain a subset of ISO
639-2, it must first satisfy the requirements for ISO 639-2 and also
satisfy the following.
a significant body of existing documents (specialized texts, such
as college or university textbooks, technical documentation
manuals, specialized journals, subject-field related books, etc.)
written in specialized languages
a number of existing terminologies in various subject fields
(e.g. technical dictionaries, specialized glossaries,
vocabularies, etc. in printed or electronic form)
Recommendation.A recommendation and support of a specialized authority
(such as a standards organization, governmental body, linguistic
institution, or cultural organization)
the number of speakers of the language community
the recognized status of the language in one or more countries
the support of the request by one or more official bodies
Hawaiian meets some of these requirements, but it has not (AFAIK) been
developed to the point of having special terminologies in various subject
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