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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Mon Aug 2, 1999  7:27 pm
Subject:  ISO Should Include Signed Languages

>For my 2 cents worth, if you are only using the codes internally, why
>not just use the codes that the SIL ethnologue is already using? If
>you do that, you might even be able to set something up in the future
>that links with the Ethnologue descriptions of the languages, users,
>etc. It also prevents from having to re-invent the wheel. I'm sure
>it would be very easy to develop a "dictionary" of sorts that stored
>the local acronym, and international acronyms that would be used
>by the average person. Just a thought.
>Stuart Thiessen


Hi Stuart -
Thanks for this suggestion.

I would like to encourage the ISO to set a standard on this subject.

Acronyms for signed languages should be included in their listing of the
world's languages, published by the ISO:

Language Acronyms Standards ISO 639:1988:

This will create an international standard for programmers to refer programmers use the ISO listings all the time, to refer to spoken
languages. But nothing is said about signed languages - from a programmer's
point of view, it looks like they don't exist.

And of course I think it is wonderful that the SIL list exists - but the
acronyms are so different than what is really used - for example - they
list Nicaraguan Sign Language as NCS...does anyone use NCS for Nicaraguan
Sign Language? I doubt it....

Valerie :-)


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