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Re: (iso639.444) SV: Analysis of ISO 639 and mappings to SIL Ethnologue

From: John Clews <Scripts@sesame.demon.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 09:09:15 +0900
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In message <200202170147.CAA08209@dkuug.dk> "Audun H. Lona" writes:

 > The term "saami" should be replaced with "sami" as in the 639 original
 > document (i hope).

Actually, that's not the case.

1. All the Saami language councils have preferred to use the name
"Saami" rather than "Sami" when using the name in English.

2. "Sami" is not the usual name in Saami languages, though the string
"Sami..." (usually with an accute accent) often appears in the name
for individual Saami languages, and obviously there is no suggestion
that the string "Saami" should replace any part of the name for any
Saami language, _in_ those languages.

3. The word "Saami" is increasingly used in English language

4. It follows the convention which appears elsewhere in some language
names, of using "aa" to represent a long form (or other modified form)
of "a" when rendering some aspect of such text in English.

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 > The Norwegian and Sami language pages on this web site are unfortunately
 > so full of errors that they should be removed or corrected immediately
 > in order to avoid misleading information to be spread.
 > An example on http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=LPR
 > Dialects RUIJA, TORNE, SEA LAPPISH. Ruija is the Finnish name for the
 > territory covered by Northern-Troms and Finnmark provinces (fylker), its
 > not a dialect.
 > The term "saami" should be replaced with "sami" as in the 639 original
 > document (i hope).
 > Audun Lona

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Best regards

John Clews

John Clews,
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