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546 - Language Note (R)


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June 2021

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Subfield Codes
  • $a - Language note (NR)
  • $b - Information code or alphabet (R)
  • $3 - Materials specified (NR)
  • $6 - Linkage (NR)
  • $8 - Field link and sequence number (R)

FIELD DEFINITION AND SCOPE

Textual information on the language or notation system used to convey the content of the described materials. A description of the alphabet, script, or other symbol system (e.g., arabic alphabet, ASCII, bar code, logarithmic graphing) may also be included, but for musical notation system terms, prefer field 348 (Notated Music Characteristics). Coded language information is contained in fields 008/35-37 (Language) and/or 041 (Language code).


GUIDELINES FOR APPLYING CONTENT DESIGNATORS

INDICATORS

SUBFIELD CODES

$a - Language note

Specifies the language(s) of the resource.

546 ##$aIn Hungarian; summaries in French, German, or Russian.
041 0#$ahun$bfre$bger$brus
008/35-37 hun
546 ##$aIn French.
008/35-37 fre
546 ##$aEnglish, French, or German.
041 0#$aeng$afre$ager
008/35-37 eng
546 ##$aOpen signed in American Sign language.
041 0#$aeng$asgn
[Sign language interpretation included.]
008/35-37 eng

$b - Information code or alphabet

Specifies the alphabet, script, or notation system that is used in the resource.

This includes specialized scripts, typefaces, or codes (e.g., Arabic alphabet, Arabic numerals, ASCII, bar code, BCD, braille, ciphers, Cyrillic alphabet, EBCDIC, Fraktur, Greek alphabet, Hebrew alphabet, hieroglyphics, pictograms, Roman alphabet, Roman numerals, or logarithmic or semilogarithmic graphing, etc.). For musical notation system terms, prefer field 348 (Notated Music Characteristics).

546 ##$3John P. Harrington field notebooks$aApache;$bPhonetic alphabet.
546 ##$3Marriage certificate$aGerman;$bFraktur.
546 ##$aLatin;$bRoman alphabet.

$3 - Materials specified

Part of the described materials to which the language note applies.

546 ##$3John P. Harrington field notebooks$aZuni;$bPictograms;$bPhonetic alphabet.

$6 - Linkage

See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.

$8 - Field link and sequence number

See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.


INPUT CONVENTIONS

Punctuation - Field 546 ends with a period unless another mark of punctuation is present.


CONTENT DESIGNATOR HISTORY

$z - Source of note information (SE) [OBSOLETE, 1990]

Source information is included as part of the language note in subfield $a or of the information code or alphabet note in subfield $b.


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