Request for New Language Code Element in iso 639-3

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ISO 639-3 Registration Authority

Request for New Language Code Element in ISO 639-3

This form is to be used in conjunction with a “Request for Change to ISO 639-3 Language Code” form


Name of Primary Requester:      

E-mail address:      

Names, affiliations and email addresses of additional supporters of this request:


Associated Change request number :       (completed by Registration Authority)

Tentative assignment of new identifier :       (completed by Registration Authority)

PLEASE NOTE: This completed form will become part of the public record of this change request and the history of the ISO 639-3 code set. Use Shift-Enter to insert a new line in a form field (where allowed).


  1. Preferred name of language for code element denotation:

  2. Autonym (self-name) for this language:

  3. Common alternate names and spellings of language, and any established abbreviations:

  4. Reason for preferred name:

  5. Name and approximate population of ethnic group or community who use this language (complete individual language currently in use):

  6. Preferred three letter identifier, if available:      

Your suggestion will be taken into account, but the Registration Authority will determine the identifier to be proposed. The identifiers is not intended to be an abbreviation for a name of the language, but to serve as a device to identify a given language uniquely. With thousands of languages, many sets of which have similar names, it is not possible to provide identifiers that resemble a language name in every case.


  1. Is this a  Living language
     Nearly extinct/secondary use only (includes languages in revival)
     Recently extinct language
     Historical language
     Ancient language
     Artificially constructed language

(Select one. See explanations of these types at

For individual languages, also complete:

  1. Countries where used:

  2. Region within each country: towns, districts, states or provinces where used. Include GPS coordinates of the approximate center of the language, if possible:

  3. For an ancient or historical language, give approximate time frame; for a recently extinct language, give the approximate date of the last known user’s death


  1. This language is:  Signed  Spoken  Attested only in writings

  2. Language family, if classified; origin, if artificially constructed:

  3. Closest language linguistically. For a Macrolanguage, list the individual languages (adopted and/or proposed) to be included in its group. For signed language, note influence from other signed or spoken languages:


  1. What written literature, inscriptions or recordings exist in this language? Are there newspapers, radio or television broadcasts, etc.?:

  2. Is this language officially recognized by any level of government? Is it used in any levels of formal education as a language of instruction (for other subjects)? Is it taught in schools?:

  3. Comment on factors of ethnolinguistic identity and informal domains of use:


You do not need to repeat sources previously identified in the form, “Request for Change to ISO 639-3 Language Code”

        1. First-hand knowledge. Describe:

        2. Knowledge through personal communication. Describe:

        3. Knowledge from published sources. Include known dictionaries, grammars, etc. (please give complete bibliographical references):

Please return this form to:

ISO 639-3 Registrar

SIL International, Office of Language Information Systems

7500 West Camp Wisdom Road

Dallas, Texas 75236 USA

ISO 639-3/RA web site:


An email attachment of this completed form is preferred.

Further information:

If your request for a new language code element is supported by the Registration Authority as a formal proposal, you may be contacted separately by researchers working with the Ethnologue or with LinguistList asking you to provide additional information.

Sources of documentation for ISO 639-3 identifiers:

Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.), 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fifteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Online version: .

LinguistList. Ancient and Extinct Languages.

LinguistList. Constructed Languages.

Request for New Language Code Element in ISO 639-3, page

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