[talk-au] Mapping Indigenous Place Names

Michael m.james at internode.on.net
Fri Jan 26 15:23:15 UTC 2018

You need :-




Don’t forget to select ‘N’ as it only shows the ones starting with the letter selected.



From: David Dean [mailto:ddean at ieee.org] 
Sent: Friday, 26 January 2018 10:34 PM
To: Andy Mabbett <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk>
Cc: OSM Australian Talk List <talk-au at openstreetmap.org>
Subject: Re: [talk-au] Mapping Indigenous Place Names




Absolutely. If the more specific language code is known, it should be used.


Do you know where a list of these language codes for Australian Indigenous languages might be found? It took me long enough to find the aus code on https://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/code_list.php, and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ISO_639-2_codes. 'nys' isn't listed on either of them.


I'm no expert (I'm trying to learn more), but https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Aboriginal_languages seems to suggest that most of Australia can be considered to belong to the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pama%E2%80%93Nyungan_languages, but I can't seem to find any sort of language code for that group.


- David


On Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at 22:28 Andy Mabbett <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk <mailto:andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk> > wrote:

On 26 January 2018 at 12:09, David Dean <ddean at ieee.org <mailto:ddean at ieee.org> > wrote:

> I've done a little research, and added the following

> Please use the name:aus (aus is the general ISO639-2 code for Australian
> Aboriginal Languages) to indicate the indigenous names of places.

While I strongly support the recording of indigenous names, with a
language code, surely more specific codes should be used where
possible? For instance, 'nys' for Noongar (in WA)?

Andy Mabbett

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