From: Rick Cameron (Rick.Cameron@crystaldecisions.com)
Date: Tue May 20 2003 - 14:49:22 EDT
Although neither a linguistic authority nor a government (yet?), Microsoft
calls the language Farsi:
And apparently the ISO 639 2-letter code for the language is fa.
From: Roozbeh Pournader [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, 18 May 2003 8:49
To: John Cowan
Subject: Re: Decimal separator with more than one character?
On Sun, 18 May 2003, John Cowan wrote:
> > Well, the question is: who told you to call it Farsi?!
> Nobody, officially. But the term has come into use in U.S. English at
> least, for whatever reasons, since the Revolution.
I'm very interested if there was any time that a linguistic authority
(like Oxford) or a government was recommending Farsi instead of Persian,
and why. I would appreciate any clue.
> > ISO calls it Persian, Iranian Academy for Persian Language calls it
> > Persian, Unicode book calls it Persian, ...
> Persianists in this country seem to be quite firm for "Persian", but
> Iranian immigrants tend to say "Farsi". Whether this is political or
> not is not so clear.
It is ignorance from the "Farsi"-ists, in my opinion. My personal experience
tells that many of them didn't have a good command of English, or haven't
even heard the word "Persian" before they moved from Iran (Same happens with
"Dari" and Afghanistan, sometimes). They have called it Farsi in their own
language from their younger days, so why should they call it something else
when they encounter a form with an empty place for "Native
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