[Tibeto-burman-linguistics] ISO changes and International Mother Language Day

Harald Hammarström harald at bombo.se
Thu Mar 7 12:38:02 UTC 2019

Hi Nathan! Thanks for this highlight. I think a problematic aspect is that
many change requests are submitted (and decided upon) based on unpublished
reports. In the case of Ekai Chin

Language and Social Development Organization Survey Team. 2016.
Sociolinguistic Survey of the Ekai, Khulai, Daitu, Saingbaung, and Khamaw
varieties spoken along the Dalet Stream, Ann Township, Rakhine State,
Myanmar. Unpublished manuscript.

Wouldn't it be better to put the horse before the cart and release the
report before the change request that cites it, rather than vice versa?

all the best,

Pada tanggal Kam, 7 Mar 2019 pukul 07.02 Nathan & Carey Statezni <
nathan_statezni at sil.org> menulis:

> Dear all,
> Two topics confusingly combined into one email here:
> *International Mother Language Day and International Year of Indigenous
> Languages*
> UNESCO has declared this year to be the International Year of Indigenous
> Languages (https://en.iyil2019.org/). Consider if there is an event you
> can organize to promote this! A national language development organization
> in Myanmar called Language and Social Development Organization (LSDO) has
> been hosting celebrations of International Mother Language Day in Yangon on
> February 21 for the last 3 years. They organized a larger event this year
> to also celebrate International Year of Indigenous Languages. Check out
> video coverage at their Facebook page: http://facebook.com/lsdomyanmar
> *2018 ISO changes*
> The following changes were made to TB languages in the ISO 639-3 standard
> based on requests in 2018. Note that I don't make the decisions, so don't
> blame me. :) Here's
> <https://iso639-3.sil.org/sites/iso639-3/files/reports/639-3_ChangeRequests_2018_Summary.pdf>a
> report of the changes globally from 2018.
> *Change*
> *Language*
> *Code*
> *Link for more info*
> Add new language
> Ekai Chin
> cey
> https://iso639-3.sil.org/request/2018-017
> Retire (extinct)
> Lui
> lba
> https://iso639-3.sil.org/request/2018-016
> Request to merge two entries (REJECTED)
> Waling to go under Bantawa
> wly -> bap
> https://iso639-3.sil.org/request/2018-005
> I was one of the parties making the request for adding Ekai Chin. They
> live in an under-researched area of Rakhine State (no prior mention in
> publications before our team visited). We found via recorded-text
> comprehension testing and confirmed by interviews that they had very low
> comprehension of neighboring varieties.
> The annual deadline for submitting requests for changes to the ISO
> standard is the end of August. The decisions (approved, rejected, etc.)
> then get made in the following January and get incorporated into the new
> version of the Ethnologue that is released on February 21st each year,
> International Mother Language Day. See more details on the process at
> https://iso639-3.sil.org/
> Nathan
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