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MDS Technical Notice

March 12, 2002

The following codes have been approved for use in the international language code standard, ISO 639-2 (Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages: alpha-2 code) and are likewise being added to the MARC Code List for Languages. All were previously assigned to a collective language code.

New code Language name Previously coded
ast Bable spa
ido Ido art
sma Southern Sami smi
smj Lule Sami smi
smn Inari Sami smi
sms Skolt Sami smi
tup Tupi languages sai
wln Walloon roa

Subscribers can anticipate receiving LC MARC records reflecting the new codes in all distribution services not earlier than June 12, 2002. Questions regarding the MARC language codes should be directed to:

Cataloging Policy and Support Office
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540-4305
(202) 707-4380
INTERNET: [email protected]

March 12, 2002