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Yiddish Sign Language Bernard Spolsky, Bar-Ilan University, has investigated the case of Yiddish Sign Language [yds], and has concluded that it never existed. His work has become the basis of a proposal to ISO 639-3 that he and I made to delete the language from the standard. When the ISO 639-3 registrar posts the proposal on its public-comment site, I will add that information to the main page. In the meantime, I have referenced Spolsky's work. In doing this, I realize there may be an appearance of lack of objectivity, since my name is on the proposal. However, I trust that I've handled things in a neutral fashion, and that existence of a proposal is sufficiently notable to be mentioned here. AlbertBickford (talk) 21:15, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Well, if any of those possible SLs mentioned in your blurb were attested, we could perhaps have an article on YSLs (plural), but w/o attestation there's no need for an ISO code or WP article, and the ISO code does appear to be spurious. There are probably hundreds of other unattested and now extinct SLs. — kwami (talk) 01:14, 7 February 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, everybody I know who's looked at Spolsky's comments agrees with him. I fully expect the deletion proposal to be accepted. But, it won't be acted on until January 2015. In the meantime, the Ethnologue article on this language will soon be changed to say that this language is "unattested"; that change should appear at the end of February 2014. AlbertBickford (talk) 01:39, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

THIS ISSUE IS ON HOLD, PENDING POSTING OF THE 2014 EDITION OF ETHNOLOGUE, AND (LATER) ACTION BY ISO 639-3. — AlbertBickford (talk) 19:52, 1 March 2014 (UTC)


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