From: Eric Muller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Feb 26 2010 - 12:09:35 CST
On 2/26/2010 9:16 AM, Marion Gunn wrote:
> You might also wonder why Irish has been deleted from the list of
> languages beginning with I (which fact makes the page look unreliable
> to users here in Ireland).
As you probably know, language names are a tricky issue. The goal of the
project is not to sort out that issue, so we use exclusively the
Ethnologue primary language names. I added the following to the page
discussing language identification:
We use only the Ethnologue primary language names, may be followed
by a qualifier in parenthesis: for example “Akan (Akuapem)”.
We do not provide an exhaustive index by alternate language names.
For example, the Ethnologue uses "Gaelic, Irish" as the primary
language name and provides "Irish", "Erse", "Gaeilge" as alternate
names. In our index, the Irish translation will be found only under
"Gaelic, Irish". If you have difficulty finding a translation by
language name, you may want to use the Ethnologue
<http://ethnologue.com> to determine the primary language name.
I also added at the top of the lists:
The column “Name” links to the Ethnologue entry for the language. In
this column, we use the primary language name given by the
Ethnologue. You may want to consult the Ethnologue
<http://ethnologue.com> to determine the primary language name if
you have difficulty finding a translation by language name.
Thanks for you help in improving the project,
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